Braestrup's memoir of her life as a
Chaplain in the Maine Warden Service touched my heart. The wardens
conduct search and rescues in the woods and on the waterways of the
state of Maine; they also police those same areas, protecting wildlife
and humans. Her job is to hold hope and give comfort to the families
of those lost or hurt. She does this with humility, grace, and when
needed, the right amount of humor. No one could ask for more during a
time of need.
This is an important book with compelling descriptions of the impact of global warming on sea levels. Tidwell, who predicted a Katrina-like scenario in New Orleans in his previous book, Bayou Farewell, explains why and how a similar fate awaits all coastal cities unless we act now to mitigate the "unintended consequences" of our fossil fuel/carbon intensive lifestyle. He then offers hopeful and practical strategies for cutting individual carbon output and explains why we must act now.
Beautiful Boy is a love story of a father for his meth-addicted son. David Sheff describes the painful reality of living with the cycle of hope and despair as intervention and rehab lead to an uneven path of recovery, where relapse is one use or drink away. He shares his experience of trying to understand his son's disease and how he learns to accept it. Sheff's story is deeply moving, worth the attention of anyone whose life has been affected by addiction.