Books For the Government Shutdown

Article by Danielle

No matter your political beliefs, I think we can all agree that the government shutdown is a huge drag. If you find yourself inconvenienced by our elected leaders’ total inability to do their jobs, we can offer you the same advice we always do: read a book! Here are a few to get you through the coming days. -Danielle

The National Parks: America's Best Idea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375712104
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 3rd, 2011

If you were planning to visit a national park: This full-color companion to Ken Burn’s sprawling documentary on our incomparable national parks system will give you a beautiful look at all the wonders you’ll be missing.

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393346619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013

If you were hoping the CDC would be able to respond to outbreaks of disease: One of the most genuinely terrifying nonfiction releases of the year examines how and why more and more diseases are migrating between animal and human populations and what this could mean for the future of disease control and prevention.

A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307887368
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - April 19th, 2011

If you were counting on the EPA to be on call in case of environmental disaster: This harrowing book explores both the causes and the effects of the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill. While it criticizes the government’s inadequate response to the disaster, it is sobering to think about how much worse it would have been if they hadn’t been able to respond at all.

The Best American Travel Writing Cover Image
By Jason Wilson (Editor), Elizabeth Gilbert (Editor)
ISBN: 9780547808987
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 8th, 2013

If you wanted to get your passport renewed: Give yourself a taste of the unknown in this anthology of short-form travel writing. You’ll have extra time to plan your dream vacation now that the passport office is shut down.

MaddAddam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385528788
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 3rd, 2013

If you are one of the thousands of government workers who will be furloughed during this time: We figure you’ll have a little extra time on your hands this week, so why not dive into Atwood’s magnificent, prescient dystopian fiction trilogy? The final volume, MADDADDAM, was just released to great acclaim. Take a look at just how badly our society could spin out of control without vigilance, responsibility, and moral seriousness on the part of every citizen.

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