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Earth Day: Water in our World: Books related to water

At Hostos : water and the environment

Books available at other CUNY colleges (request to have them sent here!)

At Hostos: Water as setting or metaphor

Books at other CUNY colleges - water as setting or metaphor

Other books

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen

From the publisher: "A downstream adventure into the heart of one of America’s most important water systems examining where our water comes from and where it all goes. The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert."

[just released April 2017; will be coming to Hostos library soon.]

Tapped Out: The Coming World Crisis in Water and What We Can Do About It by Paul Simon

From Publishers Weekly: "Simon, a former Democratic senator from Illinois, delivers a call-to-arms to citizens and political leaders to act to save the world's water supply. "Within a few years," he writes, "a water crisis of catastrophic proportions will explode on us." Simon, who was a newspaperman before he was a politician, is a clear and forceful writer who makes use of compelling statistics to outline the looming crisis...Simon's book is well reasoned and well researched and deserves serious attention--not least because he offers the bracing example of a former public servant still committed to the intelligent and informed discussion of a pressing issue."

Available for in-library use only at the New York Public Library Schwartzman Building.


Seven-Tenths: The Sea and Its Thresholds by James Hamilton-Peterson

From the publisher: "Hamilton-Paterson writes about fishing, piracy, ecological crises, and is especially brilliant on the melancholy fascination of those border places where the sea and land meet and human experience seems transient.

Taking humanity’s complex relationship with the sea as its starting point, Seven-Tenths is an enthralling meditation on the sea as the physical birthplace of the human race and the emotional source of our dreams."

Available at the New York Society Library.

The Color of Water by Kim Dong-Hwa (children's book)

From the publisher:

"When Ehwa goes to the town festival, she meets a handsome young wrestler named Duksam who's eager to catch her eye. After he wins the festival wrestling championship, he and Ehwa begin to meet, sneaking spare moments to be together. But a shadow falls on their romance when Master Cho sends Duksam away and asks for Ehwa's hand in marriage himself It is then that Ehwa discovers the pain of heartbreak--and that love is always complicated"
Available at the New York Public Library

Water, ed. by John Knechtel

From the Alphabet City series of publications, by MIT Press: "In each volume writers and artists address single theme from many perspectives, revealing its processes and possibilities."

Available at the New York Public Library. Select excerpts available here.

The Left-Handed Story: Writing and the Writer's Life by Nancy Willard.

From the publisher: "Expounding on topics as diverse as the many muses of writers, fairy tales, the origins and meaning of inspiration, and the astonishing and mysterious powers of the litany form in poetry, The Left-Handed Story will appeal to writers, avid readers, and established fans of Willard's work."

Available for in-library use only at the Schwarzman building of the New York Public Library