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CURIOUS ATTRACTIONS (P)

CURIOUS ATTRACTIONS (P)

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Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing is a book about what makes fiction work. In nine entertaining and instructive essays, novelist and master teacher Debra Spark pursues key questions that face both aspiring and accomplished writers, including: How does a writer find inspiration? What makes a story's closing line resonate? How can a writer get style? Where should an author stand in relation to his or her characters?

While the book will have immediate appeal for students of writing, it will also be of interest to general readers for its in-depth reading of contemporary fiction and for its take on important issues of the day: Should writers try to be more uplifting? How is emotion best conveyed in fiction? Why are serious writers in North America wedded to the realist tradition?

When she was only twenty-three, Debra Spark's best-selling anthology 20 Under 30 introduced readers to some of today's best writers, including David Leavitt, Susan Minot, Lorrie Moore, Ann Patchett, and Mona Simpson. Almost twenty years later, Spark brings this same keen critical eye to Curious Attractions, discussing a broad range of authors from multiple genres and generations.

A collection of essays in the belles-lettres tradition, Curious Attractions offers lively and instructive discussions of craft flavored with autobiographical reflections and commentary on world events. Throughout, Spark's voice is warm, articulate, and engaging as it provides valuable insights to readers and writers alike.

HUMAN HEALTH AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS (P)

HUMAN HEALTH AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS (P)

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Human Health and the Climate Crisis offers a detailed exploration of the human health aspects of climate change, examining both the direct and indirect human health impacts of climate change while uniquely exploring climate justice -- the equitable protection of all people from climate impacts and the participation of all people in climate-related decision-making regardless of race/ethnicity, class, national origin, indigenous status and gender. This comprehensive, yet accessible text balances appropriate technical content with sufficient contextual information about public health, epidemiology, and climate modeling for students to be able to comprehend the scientific literature on health impacts. Beginning with an overview of the current state of climate science, policy, and activism, Human Health and the Climate Crisis moves on to introducing key concepts in public health and epidemiology, as well as sources of health information critical to understanding and communicating how our health is being affected by climate change. After exploring key concepts in climate justice and stories of numerous climate justice advocates, subsequent chapters cover specific climate-related health topics - extreme heat, extreme weather, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, water, food, mental health, and human displacement. A final chapter covers the ways that health professions are affected by climate change and can play a role as advocates for climate action. Key Features: - Interdisciplinary focus, including an introduction to the fields of public health, global health and epidemiology to climate justice and public policy, encourage students to learn how to ask and analyze relevant questions about climate change and human health. - Specific examples and cases from the U.S. and around the world that illustrate the types of health impacts of climate change. - Based on the latest research and experiences. Most of the references are from the last few years, including many from 2021. - Designed to be accessible to a wide range of students without requiring significant background knowledge beforehand. - Navigate eBook access (included with the print text) provides online or offline access from a computer, tablet, or mobile device.