SOCIAL SCIENCES

Unsolaced: Along the Way to All That Is

Pantheon. Jan. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780307911797. $26.95. TRAV
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In spare, yet poetic writing, Ehrlich (Islands, the Universe, Home) explores how we find peace both at home and abroad. Following a nonlinear path of exploration, Ehrlich incorporates essays about her life in Wyoming, the death of her father, loss of her loyal dog, and ranch life, showcasing the pain and peace to be found in nature when coping with grief. Many essays also explore the loss of wildlife, livelihood, culture, and tradition owing to climate change. Return journeys to Greenland over time demonstrate the extreme effect climate change has had on the natural world and civilization, as towns and wildlife gradually disappear. Travels to Africa full of intense wilderness experiences and connections with locals also reflect this loss. In Japan, Ehrlich climbs Hokkaido’s Daisetsuzan, where hikers must avoid a meadow full of bears after 3 p.m., though they can appreciate them from afar. Ehrlich also visits a Global Savory Hub in Sweden where Jorgen Andersson helps her find hope in the choices humankind can make to aid nature. Many of Ehrlich’s experiences are presented without interpretation so readers can reach their own conclusions.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of Ehrlich’s other works, or those interested in climate change observation.

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