One book with an unlikely title has consistently shown up on the bestsellers lists. People called it a horror novel, which put me off, but I finally took home the audio book of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It comprises 22 discs, which was attractive, given my long commutes. Still wary, I began listening and found myself drawn in by the book's intricate weaving of three fascinating stories. At first.
A New York Times article in October claimed that "incongruously and with regularity, this is a generation that yells." The ensuing controversy has mixed up a slurry of affirmations, denials and rationales on child rearing practices. As a mom whose adult daughter still squirms when I whisper at her, I ask you, "What's a mother, or father, to do?"
Whatever one may think about global warming and man's role in the earth's complicated ecosystems, recent events prove to everyone beyond doubt that climate change is here, and catastrophic climate change is an ever-present threat to us all. Here are some current materials that inform and present further evidence that may have been missed.
Farnaz Fassihi is The Wall Street Journal's deputy bureau chief for the Middle East and Africa, based in Beirut. From 2003-2006 she was in charge of the Baghdad bureau: she became well-known for an email she wrote describing her daily life.