Morning Coffee Book Club @ The WMML
- Date: 04/19/2017 10:00 AM
- Location: Welwood Murray Memorial Library - Cornelia White Community Room
100 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California 92262
Morning Coffee Book Club
Read on the Edge with the new Morning Coffee Book Club. Join us for a discussion of The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert at 10:00 a.m. in the Cornelia White Community Room at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library.
The WMML Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library and is open to everyone. Members of the club read the selected book for the month, then join in lively discussions. Please click here to see a list of future selections for the WMML Book Club.
Refreshments are generously provided by Aspen Mills Bakery. Thank you, Aspen Mills!
April 19, 2017
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert**
—Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
—A New York Times Bestseller
—Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes
Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamanian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
** —This book is also available as a Downloadable Audiobook and/or eBook from PSPL. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD