Fen, Bog and Swamp by Annie Proulx audiobook

Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis

By Annie Proulx
Read by Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982173357

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797141787

  • ISBN: 9781797141770

Runtime: 5.12 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick of the Month

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Time Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Year

From Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx—whose novels are infused with her knowledge and deep concern for the earth—comes a riveting, revelatory history of our wetlands, their ecological role, and what their systematic destruction means for the planet.

A lifelong environmentalist, Annie Proulx brings her wide-ranging research and scholarship to the subject of wetlands and the vitally important yet little understood role they play in preserving the environment—by storing the carbon emissions that greatly contribute to climate change. Fens, bogs, swamps, and marine estuaries are the earth’s most desirable and dependable resources, and in four stunning parts, Proulx documents the long-misunderstood role of these wetlands in saving the planet.

Taking us on a fascinating journey through history, Proulx shows us the fens of 16th-century England to Canada’s Hudson Bay lowlands, Russia’s Great Vasyugan Mire, America’s Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and the 19th-century explorers who began the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Along the way, she writes of the diseases spawned in the wetlands—the Ague, malaria, Marsh Fever—and the surprisingly significant role of peat in industrialization.

A sobering look at the degradation of wetlands over centuries and the serious ecological consequences, this is a stunningly important work and a rousing call to action by a writer whose passionate devotion to understanding and preserving the environment is on full and glorious display.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gabra Zackman’s intelligent performance of this eloquent audiobook encourages listeners to absorb its powerful message. As Zackman narrates with exquisite timing and thoughtful pacing, listeners learn much from Proulx’s longtime focus on the wetter world…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Both an enchanting work of nature writing and a rousing call to action.” Esquire
“[This] fascinating, captivating new book…reveals the mystery and majesty of fens, bogs, and swamps.” Garden & Gun Magazine

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Author

Author Bio: Annie Proulx

Author Bio: Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in the New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award–winning film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Proulx currently lives in Wyoming.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Runtime: 5.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English