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encourages careful introspection and ;nding
one’s true self and place among the everyday
moments. —Melissa Norstedt
Hot Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a
Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate
By Lisa Palmer.
May 2017. 240p. St. Martin’s, $26.99 (9781250084200).
Palmer, a journalist and public-policy scholar,
traveled the world to uncover the connections
between looming global food shortages and
the practices that are causing global warming. Today one in six people worldwide goes
to bed hungry because food is too expensive
or not available. ;e earth’s human population will exceed 9. 6 billion by 2050. What will
all those people eat? Certainly, they will need
to consume less meat: 12 pounds of grain are
needed to produce one pound of beef. Palmer
illuminates the cruel choices food crises force
upon women, including female ;sh sellers who
are forced to have sex with the men who bring
the catch of the day in order to feed their families, even at the risk of contracting HIV. Palmer
also explains the dire consequences of a growing global middle class that is “hungering for
more meat and dairy” and the ecological folly
of the ongoing clearing of grasslands and forests to graze cattle and grow oil palm trees. But
she also sees hope in new and diverse economic
opportunities based on restoring and nurturing
the environment. —Karen Springen
The New York Times Book of
Crime: More Than 166 Years of
Covering the Beat.
Ed. by Kevin Flynn.
Apr. 2017. 416p. illus. Sterling, $26.95
;is presentation of the New York Times’
coverage of crime stories, from the assassination of Lincoln to the
mass murder in an Orlando gay nightclub in
June 2016, joins other
compilations of Times
stories over time, such as
;e New York Times Book
of Medicine (2015). ;is
latest, however, doesn’t
provide a steady arc of progress and discovery
but, rather, a shocking panoply of man’s inhumanity to man. Eleven chapters focus on
either individual crimes or persisting issues,
such as organized crime and vice. Readers are
given the most spectacular breaking-news
entries under “Assassinations,” including
the murders of John F. Kennedy and Mo-handas Gandhi; “Heists”; “Kidnappings”
(the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, featured on the cover, still shocks); “Murder”;
“Mass Murder”; Sex Crimes”; and “White
Collar,” to identify only seven. ;e scope
is international, though U.S. crimes feature the most heavily. One of the rewards
of reading this book is tracking how crime
reporting has re;ected its own fashions,
from nineteenth-century embroidered-with-sentiment accounts through zippy Jazz Age
reporting (the lead for the 1929 Valentine’s
Day Massacre is: “Chicago gangland leaders
observed Valentine’s Day with machine guns
and a stream of bullets”) to the more dispassionate tone of modern accounts. ;e great
virtue of all these pieces is the immediacy
of breaking news, now read with the hindsight of history. Wonderfully well executed.
Transgender Children and Youth:
Cultivating Pride and Joy with
Families in Transition.
By Elijah C. Nealy.
May 2017. 288p. Norton, $27.95 (9780393711394).
;ere could hardly be a better time for this
insightful, thoughtful guide to supporting
transgender children and youth. Nealy, an
academic and counselor who has worked
in the GLBTQ community for decades, is
acutely aware from his own experience as
a transgender man just how fragile trans
young people can be. After a brief intro-
duction highlighting his personal experience,
he presents informative chapters on top-
ics such as gender diversity
and dysmorphia, medical
transition, teens in therapy,
school situations, and pre-
paring for college and work.
;rough vignettes illustrat-
ing common counseling
situations, Nealy shares ex-
periences with parents and
teens going through the coming-out process
and provides an enormous amount of guid-
ance for those facing gender questions for
themselves or family and friends. In fact,
this should be considered a critical volume
for anyone involved with schools or work-
ing or volunteering with children and teens.
;e su;ering of the nation’s young trans
and gender-diverse populations must be
acknowledged and addressed sooner rather
than later, and through his knowledgeable
The Enigma of the Owl: An Illustrated
By Mike Unwin and David Tipling.
2017. 288p. illus. Yale, $40 (9780300222739). 598.9.
This stunning, large-format book is organized by the six geographic locations where
owls can be found (North America, Eurasia, Africa, etc.). This arrangement allows
the authors to portray similarities among
groups in the region as well as adaptive
traits that distinguish species. Within each
section, specific species are highlighted.
For example, the great horned owl and the
snowy owl are two of the species included
in the chapter on North America. Basic
statistics are provided for each species
(appearance, size, distribution, and status),
along with more detailed information about
their calls, breeding, hunting behavior, and
so forth. More than 200 eye-catching color
photographs are included. Visually stunning
and scientifically sound, this title will appeal
to owl enthusiasts as well as the casual
browser. —Maren Ostergard
Television Series of the 1970s:
Essential Facts and Quirky Details.
By Vincent Terrace.
Apr. 2017. 272p. Rowman & Littlefield, $40
(9781442278288); e-book, $39.99 (9781442278295).
Television historian Terrace’s latest follows the theme of his books on series from
the 1950s and ’60s. Indeed, for 71 shows
that began their runs in the ’70s, cast listings and basic plot overviews are provided,
along with a wealth of trivia that stands
to stump even the most knowledgeable
television aficionados. Who knew that Fred
(Sanford and Son) had a collection of Blind
Mello Jello records or that Mary’s (The
Mary Tyler Moore Show) favorite lunch was
chef’s salad? Terrace’s book is a fun read
that will bring back memories for some and
offer little-known facts for all. This book (and
the others in the series) have broad appeal;
give them to readers with a general interest
in the eras or in television trivia in general.
Working Americans, 1898–2016,
Volume XIV: African Americans.
Ed. by Scott Derks.
2017. 396p. Grey House, $150 (9781682171066).
Following the formula set in other volumes of the Working Americans series,
this offering looks at African Americans by
focusing not on the achievements of the
famous but on ordinary people. The volume
is arranged by decade, and for each decade
two or three people who typify the African
American experience are profiled—for example, “1916: African American U.S. Army
Major”; “1951: Former Slave and Proud
Matriarch”; and “2016: Family Therapist.”
Accompanying the profiles are time lines,
excerpts from newspaper and magazine
articles, and other items providing a sense
of the period. Recommended for general
readers as well as secondary students and
undergraduates. —Rebecca Vnuk
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