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*Starred Review* As global warming accelerates, McKibben, who has been writing about climate change and fossil fuels for 25 years, has stepped up his innovative activism even though all he really wants to do is stay home in Vermont and appreciate nature's magnificent choreography. The title of his fifteenth book encapsulates the two lives he juxtaposes in this confiding and dramatic chronicle of environmental action in the Internet age, especially his founding of the nimble and impactful organization 350.org. On the oil front, McKibben illuminates the thinking behind and courage involved in protests against the Keystone XL pipeline, including his time in jail. Honey refers to his collaboration with beekeeper Kirk Webster, whose dream was to establish a chemical-free apiary and share his sustainable bee-raising techniques. McKibben eloquently contrasts the deep benefits of Webster's work with the unconscionable risks of tar-sands oil production and the toxicity of Washington politics. In this moving, wryly amusing account set against the heated presidential campaign of 2012, McKibben describes his extraordinary world travels and what it took to launch gutsy, creative, and effective protests, and shares invaluable information and such intriguing insights as what bees can teach us about reaching consensus. Galvanizing and inspiring.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Long a reasoned voice for protection of our planet's natural resources, McKibben (distinguished scholar, Middlebury Coll.) chronicles his journey from environmental writer to social activist in spearheading protests of the planned Canadian-U.S. Keystone XL oil pipeline set to run from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. McKibben brilliantly and sometimes hilariously contrasts his own struggles to organize nationwide protests against the pipeline project with his narrative of a neighboring Vermont beekeeper who strives to simplify his life and lessen his impact upon the planet's threatened resources. The self-proclaimed "accidental author-activist" describes hours of organizational obstacles and tireless work by hundreds of volunteers, culminating in over 1,000 arrests at the White House in August 2011. Subsequently, protestors formed a human chain around the White House to try to convince President Obama to cancel the pipeline project. McKibben poignantly conveys his love of family and the rural Vermont land from which he is separated in the months he spends on the road. VERDICT Moving, brief, and readable, McKibben's story will appeal to a broad range of readers, from those with a general interest in environmental affairs and social movements to those committed to environmental protection and the power of moral witness in our society.-John Creech, Central Washington Univ. Lib., Ellensburg (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.