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The BookShelf features regular reviews of the latest environmental books of interest to journalists, as well as an occasional Between the Lines question-and-answer feature in which published authors offer insight into the motivations behind their work and provide advice to environmental reporters and writers.

For questions and comments, or to suggest future BookShelf reviews or Between the Lines interviews, or to offer to review a book, email the SEJournal BookShelf editor Tom Henry at thenry@theblade.com.

January 9, 2019

  • The economics of fracking may be as big a worry as its environmental impacts, finds a new book on the energy extraction industry. Our latest BookShelf reviews the volume from a seasoned business reporter, who questions conventional views about a renewed U.S. energy “dominance,” probes the financial instability of the industry’s boom and raises the politically destabilizing spectre of a future decline for the fossil fuel market.

  • “Think big, but keep your feet on the ground” — that’s the kind of sound advice that would-be authors receive behind closed doors at the Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual conference, where book editors offer confidential feedback on author pitches in the yearly “Book Slam.” Now, SEJournal has tapped Slam moderator Meera Subramanian to gather book editors’ top 15 tips from the 2018 SEJ gathering in Flint. We share them with you in our latest Between the Lines.

December 5, 2018

  • As our BookShelf column moves to a monthly schedule, we take a look at an imaginative take on how to deal with the spread of invasive species — eating them! A pair of children’s book authors offers insight into the problem for young adult readers (and the rest of us), along with recipes. Read our review.

October 10, 2018

June 27, 2018

May 16, 2018

  • In a unique initiative, an evolutionary biologist uses a collection of exquisite glass models to help people translate natural history to a human scale and to see living living things as masterpieces of nature. In our new Between the Lines, SEJournal speaks with SEJ award-winning author Drew Harvell about her volume “A Sea of Glass” and the power of art to inspire.

February 28, 2018

  • A hard-nosed account of Monsanto and its controversial and popular herbicide Roundup comes in a new book by a former wire service reporter, who pieced together documentation and fact-finding from over 20 years to make a case there was a dangerous cover-up. BookShelf reviews Carey Gillam’s “Whitewash.”

  • A photographer undertook an artistic and scientific odyssey that was inspired by an ancient migration now imperiled by human encroachment. His new volume tracks the mythical journeys taken by pronghorn, mule deer and elk through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. BookShelf reviews Joe Riis’ “Yellowstone Migrations.”

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