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Rebecca's head has been buried in a book since her first day of first grade, when she finally learned how to connect letters in the alphabet. It wasn't long after that when she started writing her own stories, and now she helps others write and edit their own. At the store, search her out if you need help picking out a memoir. Aside from books, her passions are lindy hop and blues dancing, hiking and camping, and whale watching. And oh, she’s sometimes been found pawing through the trash to separate recyclables.
Upstream opens with the author standing on the Seattle waterfront, observing a ferry embark for Bainbridge Island, while on his way to Pike Place Market to witness the season's first Copper River salmon and the pandemonium it creates. Throughout the book, Cook traces the history of this iconic fish from the extinct runs of Europe and the Atlantic to the remaining few wild runs from Alaska to Puget Sound, and down the coast of Oregon. He explores the significance of salmon to Native Americans, the reliance of more than one hundred species of animals that rely on salmon as a food source, and the imperiled future that awaits not just those species, but the entire ecosystem should we lose this critical source of nutrients for our forests and streams. Cook presents a thorough, timely reminder of how much we have to lose and what we have to gain by restoring habitat that both salmon and humans need to thrive.
Leigh Calvez introduces readers to eleven different species of owls - animals she considers to be "in the world, but not of the world." Deeper than standard science writing, the book reflects upon the intersection between humans and threatened animals. Humans may be responsible for their loss of habitat, for example, but through citizen science we can also play a part in their survival. Anyone not already enthralled with these majestic birds will be after this thoughtful read. We may also do well to take some of Calvez's new-found owl wisdom to heart: "Take time to sit and observe," and "Be patient. Eventually something will move."
Little Bee is a timely, heartwarming (and at times, heartbreaking) story told from two perspectives, the most profound voice being that of a young, female Nigerian refugee living in London, UK. The prose sometimes reads like poetry, contributing to the emotional impact of this brutal, but beautiful, novel.