Nonfiction Previews, July 2012, Pt. 2: Two Key Current Events Titles

Climate Central Inc., Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Parching Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future. Pantheon. Jul. 2012. 176p. ISBN 9780307907301. $22.95. SCIENCE
We hear so much about climate change, but do we really know all the facts? Climate Central, Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan science and journalism organization founded in 2008, is here to help. Instead of long, discursive explanations, the book offers 50 entries that aim to be accessible. Is climate ever normal? What has caused climate change in the past? Find out here; looks to be a great resource for high school papers, too.

McGee, William. Attention All Passengers: The Airlines’ Dangerous Descent‚ and How To Reclaim Our Skies. Harper: HarperCollins. Jul. 2012. 352p. ISBN 9780062088376. $26.99. CURRENT AFFAIRS/BUSINESS
An award-winning travel journalist for Consumer Reports and the only consumer advocate on the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, McGee crisscrossed the country on every airline imaginable and talked to pilots, mechanics, passengers, airline CEOs, Ralph Nader, and even infamous JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater to offer this critique of the airlines. Here, he shows executives cutting costs by relinquishing flights to regional airlines and outsourcing repairs to inexperienced mechanics abroad. Now I’m scared to fly to ALA Midwinter; with a 35,000-copy first printing.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.