Alan Weisman’s book, The World Without Us, is described by The New Yorker as “a sort of pop-science ghost story.” And we are the ghosts. Ever wonder what the earth would be like were we all to disappear? According to Weisman, much much better.
Nicholas Lezard, in his book review at The Guardian, writes:
“What Alan Weisman does, quite simply, is imagine what would happen to the world if we were all wiped out…The book is, moreover, designed to be readable. It really is quite hard to close it and get on with other things.”
Katie Q, in her book review at the blog Pen to Paper, writes:
“The World Without Us is a good read with an intriguing topic…The message is important, and there are plenty of “wow” statements that will keep the reader interested. For example, the length of time it will take to erase the faces on Mount Rushmore, the visual of a future ocean turned green with sea turtles, and the resistance of the Hoover Dam to crumble are all astounding talking points.”
This sounds like a really interesting book, and one that’s going on my amazon wish list. If you want to put it on your wish list, too, go to The World Without Us by Alan Weisman at amazon.com.
Have you read this book? Do you want to read this book? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.
I’ve decided to feature write-ups on 26 recent novels, one for each letter of the alphabet. Why? Because that’s the kind of thing book geeks do for fun. I’m starting with The Abstinence Teacher, scheduled to be released in mid October 2007, by Tom Perrotta. Here’s what Daniel Field at ReadJunk had to say about it:
“The Abstinence Teacher is definitely Perrotta’s best book yet, and further proof that he is the foremost author writing about suburbia. Like the rest of his novels, this one is based in suburban New Jersey, with this newest one taking shape amongst a tense conflict between the religious right and the idea of free speech. It centres around a divorced mother and sexual education teacher named Ruth Ramsey, who has come under pressure from a local church for her admission that some people enjoy oral sex. The church puts presssure on the school board, and Ruth is forced to teach abstinence using hilariously misinformed materials.”
Visit Perrotta’s website, and while you’re there, check out his book promotion schedule which will take him through Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, California, Washington, Texas, Mississippi, and Washington D.C. in October and November of 2007.