The End of Night

Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Author: Paul Bogard

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316228796

Category: Science

Page: 336

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The "terrific ... moving, poetic, immersive, multifaceted, and thought-provoking" book (Publishers Weekly) that will open your eyes to the night. A brilliantly starry night is one of nature's most thrilling wonders. Yet in our world of nights as bright as day, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Eight out of ten Americans born today won't ever live where they can see the Milky Way. And exposure to artificial light at night has been cited as a factor in health concerns ranging from poor sleep to cancer. In his gorgeous debut, THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard travels the globe to find the night, blending personal narrative, natural history, health, science, and folklore to shed light on darkness. Showing exactly what we've lost, what we have left, and what we might hope to regain, he attempts nothing less than a restoration of how we see the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky.

Let There be Night

Testimony on Behalf of the Dark

Author: Paul Bogard

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

ISBN: 9780874173284

Category: Nature

Page: 218

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Twenty-nine writers, poets, scientists, and scholars testify on behalf of darkness and against light pollution’s diminishment of the night.

Fighting Light Pollution

Smart Lighting Solutions for Individuals and Communities

Author: The International Dark-Sky Association

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811745643

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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The first practical guide to alleviating an increasingly prevalent environmental concern.

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

Author: Catherine Rich,Travis Longcore

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597265966

Category: Nature

Page: 479

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While certain ecological problems associated with artificial night lighting are widely known-for instance, the disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lighting-the vast range of influences on all types of animals and plants is only beginning to be recognized. From nest choice and breeding success of birds to behavioral and physiological changes in salamanders, many organisms are seriously affected by human alterations in natural patterns of light and dark. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is the first book to consider the environmental effects of the intentional illumination of the night. It brings together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of knowledge on the subject and to describe specific effects that have been observed across a full range of taxonomic groups, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and plants. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting provides a scientific basis to begin addressing the challenge of conserving the nighttime environment. It cogently demonstrates the vital importance of this until-now neglected topic and is an essential new work for conservation planners, researchers, and anyone concerned with human impacts on the natural world.

At Day's Close: Night in Times Past

Author: A. Roger Ekirch

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393344584

Category: History

Page: 480

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"Remarkable…Ekirch has emptied night's pockets, and laid the contents out before us." —Arthur Krystal, The New Yorker Bringing light to the shadows of history through a "rich weave of citation and archival evidence" (Publishers Weekly), scholar A. Roger Ekirch illuminates the aspects of life most often overlooked by other historians—those that unfold at night. In this "triumph of social history" (Mail on Sunday), Ekirch's "enthralling anthropology" (Harper's) exposes the nightlife that spawned a distinct culture and a refuge from daily life. Fear of crime, of fire, and of the supernatural; the importance of moonlight; the increased incidence of sickness and death at night; evening gatherings to spin wool and stories; masqued balls; inns, taverns, and brothels; the strategies of thieves, assassins, and conspirators; the protective uses of incantations, meditations, and prayers; the nature of our predecessors' sleep and dreams—Ekirch reveals all these and more in his "monumental study" (The Nation) of sociocultural history, "maintaining throughout an infectious sense of wonder" (Booklist).

Evening's Empire

A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe

Author: Craig Koslofsky

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521896436

Category: History

Page: 431

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This illuminating guide to the night opens up an entirely new vista on early modern Europe. Using diaries, letters, legal records and representations of the night in early modern religion, literature and art, Craig Koslofsky explores the myriad ways in which early modern people understood, experienced and transformed the night.

The World Atlas of Light Pollution

Author: Fabio Falchi

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534642560

Category:

Page: 66

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This is the first book that shows in detail the spread of light pollution on our planet. It is the result of years of research by the author and his collaborators. The book contains full color plates of the continents and of the main countries, showing the brightness of the night sky at zenith due to light pollution. It can help to choose the best places for stargazing or the nearest site to admire the view of the Milky Way. It will show how polluted is the place where you live. The book also describe how to reduce light pollution and its negative consequences on economy, environment and human health. Beside all this, the spectacular plates it presents are a call to action to preserve the last naturally dark places on our planet and to restore the night as it has been for billion years.

Dark Nights of the Soul

A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals

Author: Thomas Moore

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592401338

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 329

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Explains how to use times of challenge, disappointment, illness, and dissatisfaction as an opportunity to explore the soul's deepest needs in order to provide healing and a new understanding of the meaning of life.

The Ground Beneath Us

From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are

Author: Paul Bogard

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316342289

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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Our most compelling resource just might be the ground beneath our feet. When a teaspoon of soil contains millions of species, and when we pave over the earth on a daily basis, what does that mean for our future? What is the risk to our food supply, the planet's wildlife, the soil on which every life-form depends? How much undeveloped, untrodden ground do we even have left? Paul Bogard set out to answer these questions in The Ground Beneath Us, and what he discovered is astounding. From New York (where more than 118,000,000 tons of human development rest on top of Manhattan Island) to Mexico City (which sinks inches each year into the Aztec ruins beneath it), Bogard shows us the weight of our cities' footprints. And as we see hallowed ground coughing up bullets at a Civil War battlefield; long-hidden remains emerging from below the sites of concentration camps; the dangerous, alluring power of fracking; the fragility of the giant redwoods, our planet's oldest living things; the surprises hidden under a Major League ballpark's grass; and the sublime beauty of our few remaining wildest places, one truth becomes blazingly clear: The ground is the easiest resource to forget, and the last we should. Bogard's The Ground Beneath Us is deeply transporting reading that introduces farmers, geologists, ecologists, cartographers, and others in a quest to understand the importance of something too many of us take for granted: dirt. From growth and life to death and loss, and from the subsurface technologies that run our cities to the dwindling number of idyllic Edens that remain, this is the fascinating story of the ground beneath our feet.

Dark Matters

Author: Joan Marie Galat

Publisher: Red Deer Press

ISBN: 9780889955158

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 72

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Thirteen-year-old Joan loves the outdoors; she loves looking up at the night sky. She learns that all the light humans use is harming that beautiful natural world. Galat introduces the idea of light pollution to young scientistsNits effects on birds, animals and the dire consequences to entire ecosystems if it is not controlled.

Girl in the Dark

A Memoir

Author: Anna Lyndsey

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385539614

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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Haunting, lyrical, unforgettable, Girl in the Dark is a brave new memoir of a life without light. Anna Lyndsey was young and ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. Then what started as a mild intolerance to certain kinds of artificial light developed into a severe sensitivity to all light. Now, at the worst times, Anna is forced to spend months on end in a blacked-out room, where she loses herself in audiobooks and elaborate word games in an attempt to ward off despair. During periods of relative remission, she can venture out cautiously at dawn and dusk into a world that, from the perspective of her cloistered existence, is filled with remarkable beauty. And through it all there is Pete, her love and her rock, without whom her loneliness seems boundless. One day Anna had an ordinary life, and then the unthinkable happened. But even impossible lives, she learns, endure. Girl in the Dark is a tale of an unimaginable fate that becomes a transcendent love story. It brings us to an extraordinary place from which we emerge to see the light and the world anew.

Astronomy

At Play in the Cosmos

Author: Adam Frank

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393935226

Category:

Page: 500

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A textbook that is not written like a textbook.

The Girls of Atomic City

The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

Author: Denise Kiernan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451617542

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC C ITY AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s secret was revealed. Drawing on the voices of the women who lived it—women who are now in their eighties and nineties— The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage. Combining the grand-scale human drama of The Worst Hard Time with the intimate biography and often troubling science of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Girls of Atomic City is a lasting and important addition to our country’s history.

Heart of Darkness

Author: Joseph Conrad,Ross C. Murfin

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312457537

Category: Fiction

Page: 383

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"Part One of this volume reprints the text of 'Heart of darkness' from the 1921 Heinemann edition of Conrad's 'Collected works' - the latest version of the text that Conrad approved. Part Two includes documents and illustrations providing cultural contexts for 'Heart of darkness'. Part Three features a critical history of the novella, plus six contemporary essays representing deconstruction; feminist, gender, and queer theory; and a new historicist, post-colonial, and psychoanalytic approaches to Conrad's most famous tale."--P. vii.

Hold Your Own

Author: Kate Tempest

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632862069

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

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My heart throws its head against my ribs, / it's denting every bone it's venting something it has known since I arrived and felt it beat. Kate Tempest, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for Brand New Ancients and widely regarded as the UK's leading spoken word poet, has produced a new poem-sequence of electrifying power. Based on the myth of the blind prophet Tiresias, Hold Your Own is a riveting tale of youth and experience, sex and love, wealth and poverty, community and alienation. Walking in the forest one morning, a young man disturbs two copulating snakes--and is punished by the goddess Hera, who turns him into a woman. This is only the beginning of his journey . . . Weaving elements of classical myth, autobiography and social commentary, Tempest uses the story of the gender-switching, clairvoyant Tiresias to create four sequences of poems, addressing childhood, manhood, womanhood, and late life. The result is a rhythmically hypnotic tour de force--and a hugely ambitious leap forward for one of the most broadly talented and compelling young writers today.

Waking Up to the Dark

Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age

Author: Clark Strand

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0812997727

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 140

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Clark Strand, a former Zen Buddhist monk and senior editor at Tricyclemagazine, diagnoses the problems at the heart of modern life and offers inspiring insight into what sleeplessness is and why it is such a contemporary cultural phenomenon. But this is not just a book about sleeplessness; it is a ogospelo that will help readers in the contemporary world find their way back to being comfortable within darkness (and the Divine Feminine) and to find a deeper connection with their souls. Will include 8 to 10 illustrative prints.

Ether Day

The Strange Tale of America's Greatest Medical Discovery and the Haunted Men Who Made It

Author: J.M. Fenster

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062040886

Category: History

Page: 288

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Ether Day is the unpredictable story of America's first major scientific discovery -- the use of anesthesia -- told in an absorbing narrative that traces the dawn of modern surgery through the lives of three extraordinary men. Ironically, the "discovery" was really no discovery at all: Ether and nitrous oxide had been known for more than forty years to cause insensitivity to pain, yet, with names like "laughing gas," they were used almost solely for entertainment. Meanwhile, patients still underwent operations during which they saw, heard, and felt every cut the surgeon made. The image of a grim and grisly operating room, like the one in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, was in fact starkly accurate in portraying the conditions of surgery before anesthesia. With hope for relief seemingly long gone, the breakthrough finally came about by means of a combination of coincidence and character, as a cunning Boston dentist crossed paths with an inventive colleague from Hartford and a brilliant Harvard-trained physician. William Morton, Horace Wells, and Charles Jackson: a con man, a dreamer, and an intellectual. Though Wells was crushed by derision when he tried to introduce anesthetics, Morton prevailed, with help from Jackson. The result was Ether Day, October 16, 1846, celebrated around the world. By that point, though, no honor was enough. Ether Day was not only the dawn of modern surgery, but the beginning of commercialized medicine as well, as Morton patented the discovery. What followed was a battle so bitter that it sent all three men spiraling wildly out of control, at the same time that anesthetics began saving countless lives. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Ether Day is a riveting look at one of history's most remarkable untold stories.

After The Night

Author: Linda Howard

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471105318

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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FAITH DEVILIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard...not to feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more than she could hide the truth about the past she had waited so long to unravel. GRAY ROUILLARD: Even when he raised hell, he did it with style. Reckless, charming, and backed by Rouillard money, Gray controlled the town of Prescott -- and Devlin was a name he never wanted to hear again. But when he gazed at Faith Devlin, all he saw was a swirl of tangled sheets and her silken flesh beneath him. To care for her was impossible, unthinkable...because Gray Rouillard planned to use all his power to ruin her.

Finding Abbey

The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave

Author: Sean Prentiss

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826355927

Category: Nature

Page: 216

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When the great environmental writer Edward Abbey died in 1989, four of his friends buried him secretly in a hidden desert spot that no one would ever find. The final resting place of the Thoreau of the American West remains unknown and has become part of American folklore. In this book a young writer who went looking for Abbey’s grave combines an account of his quest with a creative biography of Abbey. Sean Prentiss takes readers across the country as he gathers clues from his research, travel, and interviews with some of Abbey’s closest friends—including Jack Loeffler, Ken “Seldom Seen” Sleight, David Petersen, and Doug Peacock. Along the way, Prentiss examines his own sense of rootlessness as he attempts to unravel Abbey’s complicated legacy, raising larger questions about the meaning of place and home.