Door to door : the magnificent, maddening, mysterious world of transportation / Edward Humes
The Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Garbology explores the daily miracles and madness behind our
have-it-now, same-day-delivery world, revealing just what it takes—and costs—to move us and our stuff door to door.
Using interviews, data and deep exploration of the hidden world of ports, traffic control centers, and the research labs defining our transportation future, acclaimed journalist Edward Humes breaks down the complex movements of humans, goods, and machines as never before, from increasingly car-less citizens to the distance UPS goes to deliver a leopard-printed phone case. Tracking one day in the life of his family in Southern California, Humes uses their commutes, traffic jams, grocery stops, and online shopping excursions as a springboard to explore the paradoxes and challenges inherent in our system. He ultimately makes clear that transportation is one of the few big things we can change—our personal choices do have a profound impact, and that fork in the road is coming up fast.
The unnatural world : the race to remake civilization in Earth’s newest age / David Biello
An award-winning environmental journalist, combining the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo with the urgency of An Inconvenient Truth, examines the world we have created and chronicles the scientists, billionaires and ordinary people who are working toward saving the best home humanity is likely to ever have.
“After eating some suspect “organic” walnuts that he was shocked to find were produced in Kazakhstan, veteran journalist Peter Laufer traces the origins of items in his pantry back to the source, learning how easily we are tricked into buying “organic” claims”–
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Write Your Story @ the Union City Library
Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it! We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.
Sharing is optional.
Meetings take place
Third Tuesday of the month
December 20 & January 17
and February 21
1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Please bring pen & paper
Union City Library 510-284-0629