Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Ever been to Pacific Grove CA to see the Monarch butterflies hang in the trees at the coast? Most impressive tour force of nature. Either way, if you would like to revisit the phenomenon, Kingsolver's new book is an informative read. Kingsolver uses this novel, as she uses other books she has written, as a bully pulpit. Not only does she explore the plight of these animals experiencing a diminished habitat, but she takes on climate change and the way a news network explores the topic. Of personal interest is Kingsolver's exploration of science education and the perception of scientists in a poor, rural town in the south. When the football coach teaches introductory science class, how much do you expect the kids to learn? Evidently Kingsolver did take a science class from someone who understood how scientists, at least scientists like me, think.