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May
4
Gibson's Book Club reads The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
Gibson's Bookstore, Monday, May 4 at 7pm
Gibson's Book Club reads The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Monday, May 4, at 7 PM

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring The Sixth Extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and "New Yorker" writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The Sixth Extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

(Hardcover edition also available at 25% discount until paperback is published)

Our book club is open to all. We've chosen an eclectic, ambitious list of books for the coming year: join us for every meeting, or deal yourself in as the spirit moves you.

Most of these titles are in paperback, or should be by the time we'll read them, and they will all be discounted 25% from the publisher's price for the following year, whether you join us for meetings or not.

All meetings unless otherwise noted are on the first Monday of the month, and begin at 7:00, to give you time to have dinner and relax a bit first. Parking is free in the Capitol Commons garage and on the street, after 5 p.m...

Location: Street: 45 S Main St Additional: City: Concord , Province: New Hampshire Postal Code: 03301 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
7
The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey, with Deborah Cramer
Gibson's Bookstore, Thursday, May 7 at 7pm
Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 7 p.m.

Join us as author Deborah Cramer presents her marvelous journey following the endangered red knot across two continents from remote Tierra del Fuego to the icy Arctic, in The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey.

“The Narrow Edge is at once an intimate portrait of the small red knot and a much larger exploration of our wondrous, imperiled world.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

Every May, horseshoe crabs emerge from the waters of Delaware Bay to breed and to lay their eggs on the beach. The appearance of this prehistoric-looking animal is closely followed by the arrival of thousands of red knots, a migrating shorebird that feeds on horseshoe crab eggs en route to its arctic breeding grounds from the southern tip of South America, an astonishing 9,000-mile journey. This amazing scene inspires science and nature writer Cramer ("Great Waters; Smithsonian Ocean") to follow the knots on their long journey, visiting locations such as Tierra del Fuego, the Texas Gulf Coast, and Southampton Island. Along the way, the author encounters threats to each species such as pollution, global warming, and eroding shorelines while chronicling the heroic efforts of birders, scientists, and environmentalists working to protect the creatures. Furthermore, Cramer demonstrates how red knots, horseshoe crabs, and human beings are intimately linked. Indeed, she expresses the connectedness of all living beings and why conservation is vital in today's world. This highly readable and important work is recommended for birders, ecotourists, and anyone with an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.--Dave Pugl, Ela Area P.L., Lake Zurich, IL Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Location: Street: 45 S Main St Additional: City: Concord , Province: New Hampshire Postal Code: 03301 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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