Mountain View Reads Together: Eaarth by Bill McKibben

by Bruce Karney

For 6 years the Mountain View Library has organized a November “MV Reads Together” program–many individuals reading the same book at the same time and participating in related public events building on the book’s themes–a wonderful idea from OMV resident Sharlene Gee.

This year’s book is Eaarth by Bill McKibben. Why two “a’s” in Eaarth? McKibben says it’s because the planet we are living on is not the same as the one we were born on–Eaarth is hotter with a more extreme climate. In the book’s first half, McKibben lays out the challenges that we and our children will face because of climate disruption; in the second, he outlines solutions that our communities can implement.

I encourage you to check out Eaarth from the Library, borrow it from a friend, or purchase a used copy. I’m sure you will find it interesting, and there will be at least a half-dozen events in November where you can discuss it and its ideas with other Mtn. View residents. As November draws closer, visit to see the schedule of events. If you have specific questions you are welcome to contact me at 650 964-3567.

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