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The Green Life: Book Roundup Wednesday: Portraits of Rivers and Shores

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March 04, 2009

Book Roundup Wednesday: Portraits of Rivers and Shores

Books about environmentalism New for 2009 on the Green Life is a weekly roundup of books addressing a particular aspect of environmentalism. Today we're reviewing photography collections that examine the intersection of land and water. Check back here every Wednesday to discover new and worthwhile books.

River of No Return (by Laura McPhee, $60, Yale University Press, 2008): Tracing the Salmon River through central Idaho's Sawtooth Valley and capturing local residents in beautifully raw portraits, Laura McPhee offers an unflinching view of rural culture in the American West.

Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River (by Karen Halverson, $35, University of California Press, 2008): Karen Halverson's luminous photography pops with pungent color and thought-provoking composition as she traces the Colorado river from its source to its end.

Front Street, Kotzebue (by Dennis Witmer, $50, University of Chicago Press, 2008): The small Alaskan town of Kotzebue meets the ocean at Front Street, a ragged delineation which is the focus of Dennis Witmer's striking black and white images.

The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River (by David W. Harp and Tom Horton, $30, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008): Chronicled in crisp photography and prose, this vibrant New England waterway hosts magnificent flora and fauna despite the escalating threat of pollution produced by growing cites and towns.

--Della Watson

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