The highly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed Sustainable Urbanism, Farr’s new book tackles humanitarian, population, and climate crises by addressing them as three facets of the same interrelated human existential challenge. In compelling prose and stunning imagery, Sustainable Nation poses one big question: how can we make the world we want in the least possible time?
The answer: Help local communities rapidly accelerate the pace of human progress in order to create more equitable and sustainable neighborhoods. The United States has always been a DIY country, and Sustainable Nation argues that individuals are uniquely equipped to make lasting and significant solutions for their communities, and for the planet at large.
Sustainable Nation‘s toolkit includes over 70 urban design patterns from celebrated industry leaders, each offering a different actionable, future-oriented plan to develop key aspects of a neighborhood. At once an urgent call to action and a guidebook for change, Farr’s book is an essential resource for urban designers, planners, and architects, as well as environmentalists and general readers.
Our firm looks forward to providing a national book publicity campaign for such an excellent title.
We’re always honored when former clients return for more book publicity services. Today I’d like to highlight an excellent upcoming book from one of our most fascinating clients, Paul R. Ehrlich, whom we have had the honor of working with on many science and sustainability titles over the years.
Paul Ehrlich has been a household name since the publication of his 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb. He is currently a Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University.
Dr. Ehrlich’s latest title, Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic (April 2018, Stanford University Press) is quite different from anything he’s done before. This time he’s teamed up with esteemed orthodontist Sandra Kahn to write a groundbreaking book about a silent epidemic taking place right under our noses:
“Our jaws are getting smaller and our teeth crooked and crowded, creating not only aesthetic challenges but also difficulties with breathing. Modern orthodontics has persuaded us that braces and oral devices can correct these problems. While teeth can certainly be straightened, what about the underlying causes of this rapid shift in oral evolution and the health risks posed by obstructed airways?”
Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich are an excellent team: a pioneering orthodontist and a world-renowned evolutionist, respectively, they present the biological, dietary, and cultural changes that have driven us toward this major health challenge. Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic proposes simple adjustments that can alleviate this developing crisis, as well as a major alternative to orthodontics that promises more significant long-term relief. Jaws will change your life. Every parent should read this book!
Early testimonials are already pouring in:
“Paul Ehrlich is the world’s best-known and most distinguished ecologist, and one of the best known figures in any field of science. Now, teaming up with Sandra Kahn, he offers us his most personal and practical book to date. You’ll discover the widespread consequences of how you carry out such seemingly mundane, automatic, and repetitive acts as breathing, smiling, and sleeping – and how your ways of doing those things affect peoples’ perceptions of you. Read, enjoy, learn, and prepare to be astonished!”
—Jared Diamond, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
“Every new parent should chew on this book. Who knew that how we suckle, chew and breathe as an infant can set us off on a course toward serious orthodontic treatment, a life of sleep apnea, cardiovascular problems and sudden death while sleeping? Kahn and Ehrlich clearly and comprehensively describe a hidden epidemic that impairs the health of far too many people, young and old. They explore the causes of the epidemic, and crucially, provide practical advice that helps you prevent the epidemic from affecting your child, or amazingly, how its progress can be reversed in childhood if it has already started. This book should be in every new Mom’s care package when she leaves the hospital.”
—John Peterson Myers, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences, Co-author of Our Stolen Future
“Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic is a well-researched book providing unique overview and insight in to a health care problem frequently overlooked by child health care professionals. Sleep is likely as important to health and well-being as food, but receives little attention. This book is an important read for all professionals who care for children. It also asks questions for possible future research in the field of pediatric obstructive sleep disordered breathing.”
—Stephen H. Sheldon, D.O., F.A.A.P.,
Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology,
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,
Director, Sleep Medicine Center, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
On August 21, for the first time in forty years, 500 million people across the United States can witness a spectacular total solar eclipse. Known as the All American Eclipse, this extraordinary event is expected to attract visitors from around the world.
Our client, celebrated astronomer and eclipse expert Andrew Fraknoi, is part of the Eclipse Task Force that’s helping government officials prepare for extreme gridlock and necessary porta-potties, water, and food supplies. In addition, he recently helped persuade Google and the Moore Foundation to donate 2 million eclipse glasses to public libraries across the United States.
His latest book, When the Sun Goes Dark, is a fun, beautifully illustrated guide that helps families teach their children about the eclipse, and was recently featured on Space.com. In a fascinating interview, he stressed the importance of training “intermediary educators,” or members of the public who can go on to teach other members of the public, in making scientific knowledge more widespread:
“We’ve spent quite a bit of time over our careers in astronomy education training intermediaries,” Fraknoi said. “We’ve always thought about who exactly it is that does education and how we can get to [them].”
It’s important to reach grandparents and other informal educators because, according to Fraknoi, they have resources available to them, such as time, to learn about the science. “When the Sun Goes Dark” offers examples of ways to explain solar eclipse science, which informal educators can then use themselves to teach family and friends, Fraknoi said.
He goes on to explain that the upcoming eclipse will provide the perfect opportunity to get young astronomers started on a lifetime of learning:
“If you want kids at an early age to be thinking about astronomy, the most accessible object in the night sky is, of course, the moon, [because] it is dramatic.”
Stargazers have a lot to look forward on August 21st. Be sure to check out Fraknoi’s free booklet describing the eclipse in everyday language.
Here’s an excerpt from “The Buried Story of Male Hysteria: When men actually began to be diagnosed as ‘hysterics,’ doctors searched for a cause. They found a chemical that may be on the rise again today.”
When a raving 27-year-old man was committed to Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane in April of 1887, no one thought much of it.
But 12 days later, another man arrived at the door in much the same incoherent condition. When the men regained awareness and could be interrogated, it turned out that they worked in the same nearby rubber factory.
That summer, a third man was brought to the hospital, where he was described as “in a condition of great mental excitement, disturbing the neighborhood by loud noises and violent praying.” He, too, turned out to be a co-worker.
The chief of the Nervous Department at New York’s College of Physicians and Surgeons at the time was Frederick Peterson. He knew these three cases couldn’t be a coincidence, so he set out interrogating the workers on the nature of their jobs. As he suspected, the men had all inhaled a chemical in the factory’s air: carbon disulfide.
Peterson had heard of carbon-disulfide insanity in Europe, so he alerted his colleagues in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal (now known as The New England Journal of Medicine) that the problem had come to America. In England, the new term “gassed” had arisen, defined in the Liverpool Daily Post as “the term used in the India rubber business, and it meant dazed.” The British physician Thomas Oliver had recalled watching as people working in rubber factories left after their shifts and “simply staggered home,” apart from themselves. The effect could be deadly. “Some of them have become the victims of acute insanity,” Oliver wrote, “and in their frenzy have precipitated themselves from the top rooms of the factory to the ground.”