Facing It: Epiphany and Apocalypse in the New Nature

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Texas A&M University Press, Sep 15, 2014 - Nature - 336 pages

Blending memoir, cultural history, and a literary perspective, Facing It bears witness to controversies like Tellico and Chernobyl, global warming and local drought. But rather than merely drowning readers in waves of ecological angst, M. Jimmie Killingsworth seeks alternative images and episodes to invoke presence without crippling the hope for survival and sustenance in places and communities of value.

In deft, highly accessible prose, Killingsworth takes the reader through a Cold-War childhood, an adolescence colored by anti-war and ecological activism, and an adulthood darkened by terrorism and climate change. Inviting us on walks through tame suburbias (riddled with environmental abuse) and wild deserts and mountains (shadowed by industrial development), he celebrates the survival of natural beauty and people living close to the earth while questioning truisms associated with both economic advancement and environmental purity.

Above all, this book invites the reader to face it: to look with wide-open eyes on a new nature that will never be the same, but that continues to offer opportunities for renewal and advancement of life.

 

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Contents

Overture End of a World
1
Family Nature War
11
The Lake of Tears
35
3 Dispelling Déjà Vu Part One
65
4 Dispelling Déjà Vu Part Two
101
5 Defying Apocalypse
133
6 Apocalypse Redux and the Fate of Sustainability
157
The Legacy of Rachel Carson
191
The Smell of Money
235
10 The Presence of Roadkill
263
Seeing and Sustenance
285
Acknowledgments
295
Bibliography
297
Index
309
Back Cover
327
Copyright

8 Epiphany Matters
209

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About the author (2014)

M. JIMMIE KILLINGSWORTH is a retired professor and former head of the English department at Texas A&M University. A Walt Whitman scholar and award-winning author, nature writer, and Texas Master Naturalist, Killingsworth has written or cowritten eleven books.

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