Things Fall Apart
By Chinua Achebe
DB 47510, Available as BARD Download
Portrays traditional Ibo society in nineteenth-century Nigeria and one of its great men, Okonkwo. Through rituals, the lives of the individual and the community are unified, giving them order and significance. But the time-honored system of beliefs and behavior falls apart with the arrival of missionaries and colonists. 1992.
Things Fall Apart
Waiting for an Angel
By Helon Habila
DB 62008, Available as BARD Download
Lagos, Nigeria; 1990s. Follows Lomba and his transformation from a political student to political prisoner. While working as a journalist Lomba attends an anti-junta rally and is arrested. His roommate and his first love also must cope with the brutality and poverty around them. Violence. 2002.
We Need New Names
By NoViolet Bulawayo
DB 78211, Available as Bard Download
Ten-year-old Darling Nkala is sent to Michigan to escape the violence and hunger in Zimbabwe. Over the years Darling attends school and struggles to adjust to the alien culture. But her family are illegal immigrants and they miss their homeland. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2013.
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
By Timothy Egan
DB 69976, Available as BARD download
Depicts the 1910 forest fire that devastated swaths of Idaho, Washington, and Montana and portrays the people who battled the flames. Highlights President Theodore Roosevelt's and the fledgling U.S. Forest Service's stance against mining and timber interests, which led to efforts to conserve the country's natural resources. Some strong language. 2009.
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
By Charles Fishman
DB 74346, Available as BARD download
Author discusses human dependence on water and explains Americans' carefree use of the resource in the twentieth century. Describes the new era of water scarcity in places like Atlanta, Georgia; Melbourne, Australia; and Barcelona, Spain. Relates the effects of the shortage on the ways people live, work, and relax. 2011.
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet
By Michael Bloomberg
DB 87921, Available as BARD download
Former mayor of New York City Bloomberg and former Sierra Club chairman Pope examine strategies for countering climate change. They present solutions that they believe will make the world healthier, suggest ways cities and government can be more effective with initiatives, and propose policies to better combat environmental depredations. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
The Diversity of Life
By Edward O. Wilson
DB 35820, Available as BARD download
The author, winner of several scientific awards and two Pulitzer Prizes, guides the reader in layman's language through the complexities of life forms. Wilson focuses on the relatively new concept of ecology, as well as the evolution of species and the development of biodiversity. And he addresses the destruction to species and ecosystems by humans, accompanied by a plea for ways to reverse this trend. 1992
Earth: The Sequel
By Fred Krupp
DB 66726, Available as BARD download
Environmental Defense Fund president Krupp and journalist Horn present market-based solutions for Earth's climate crisis that they posit will generate new industries and economic growth. Authors profile alternative-energy entrepreneurs and urge U.S. leadership to set limits on carbon emissions to enable fair competition in world markets. Includes resources. 2008.
By Paul Greenberg
DB 71558, LT 11641, Available as BARD download
Journalist discusses humans' historical relationship with wild fish, especially salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. Describes travels to fishing areas, offers suggestions on managing marine ecosystems, and investigates the differences between farm and wild-caught fish. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2010.