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Bottled and sold : the story behind our obsession with bottled water by Peter H. Gleick

“Tap water is safe almost everywhere in the U.S. So why does someone buy a bottle of water every second of every day? And where do the thousands of plastic bottles discarded daily end up? Gleick, recipient of a MacArthur fellowship and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, argues passionately for a new era in water management.” –Publisher’s Weekly

The heights by Peter Hedges

“Kate and Tim tell the story of their practically perfect life (he’s a history teacher in a posh private school; she’s a stay-at-home mom) in alternating chapters. Brooklyn Heights, their neighborhood, rife with social strata, rules, and conventions, is rocked by a newcomer, Anna Brody, the beautiful, mysterious wife of a very wealthy man who latches onto the couple…Hedges, of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1991) fame, demonstrates a sure touch with people and settings.” –Booklist

The unwanted sound of everything we want : a book about noise by Garret Keizer

“Garret Keizer has, not for the first time, helped us look hard at something we thought we understood and see that instead it’s rich, fascinating, full of political and moral and human implications. I’d say that his argument goes off like an intellectual explosion, but perhaps better in this context to summon the image of a bell, struck once in the silence. This is a book for our precise moment on earth.” –Bill McKibben

Decoration day in the mountains : traditions of cemetery decoration in the southern Appalachians by Alan Jabbour & Karen Singer Jabbour

“Written by internationally recognized folklorist Alan Jabbour and illustrated with more than a hundred photographs taken by Karen Singer Jabbour, Decoration Day in the Mountains is an in-depth exploration of this little-known cultural tradition…Richly illustrated and vividly written, Decoration Day in the Mountains presents a compelling account of a widespread and long-standing Southern cultural practice.” –Publisher’s information

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