In this rich portrait of the ecology and geopolitics of the Bering Strait, Demuth draws on the human and nonhuman histories of this liminal border zone: between continents, economies, and ideologies. In finely rendered prose, Demuth excavates the legacy of resource extraction, both via the indigenous Yupik peoples and outsiders; from 19th century whalers to the cold war behemoths of Russia and the United States. An essential work, both urgent and timeless.
— Samuel Partal, Community Bookstore [43 Seventh Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 783–3075, www.commun
I keep finding myself referring to this highly prescriptive book in conversations, similar to the way I did when I read Susan Cain’s “Quiet.” Using the author’s “RULER” technique (which is explained in the book — no spoilers!) breaks down how we identify, accept, and navigate not just our emotions, but other’s feelings as well. The book ostensibly addresses children and their emotional lives, but while I began reading it with my son in mind, I am reading it just as much (possibly moreso) for myself.
— Rebecca Fitting, Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246–0200, www.greenl
A fun science thriller with a great touch of humor in the writing. David Koepp hits a perfect balance of tension and character development in this story of an out-of-control fungus that could wipe out all life on the planet if it gets loose.
— Will Olsen, Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbo