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Now book?

I’ve just fin­ished read­ing Ris­ing by El­iz­a­beth Rush. It is a stun­ning, some­what grim, and very com­pas­sion­ate re­port and ex­am­i­na­tion of the state of coastal Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties and con­nected ecosys­tems which are al­ready see­ing the worst of the ef­fects of sea rise. I con­sider my­self al­ready quite awake to the im­pacts cli­mate change is hav­ing on our planet and our peo­ple, but this book made me re­alise that I am still so shel­tered. A very eye-open­ing book.

Child­hood book?

Harry Pot­ter was ab­so­lutely for­ma­tive. I think its style and tenor still sing to my imag­i­na­tion and the em­pa­thetic way J.K Rowl­ing con­nects her char­ac­ters has prob­a­bly car­ried through in my own ap­proach to peo­ple. At the bot­tom of it all, quite sim­ply, it was mag­i­cal as all hell, and it showed me that read­ing could be at once elec­tri­fy­ing, en­ter­tain­ing, and en­nobling.

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