August Book Club: Rain

By Olivia Dorothy

Rain:  A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett dives deep into the history of our relationship with the ultimate life-giving force, rain.   Going back billions of years to when water first washed over the planet through today’s changing rain patterns over the globe due to human caused global warming.

Barnett takes readers on a journey through some of the rainiest places on the planet, including India and England where rain is an integral part of their cultural identities.  She tells the story of the American Dust Bowl and the myth that perpetuated that disaster, that rain followed the plow.

Like many books that deeply explore the history of a single thing, Barnett’s stories about deluges and droughts enrapture readers as unusual antidotes and facts are brought to light.  Like why fingers prune when wet (to improve grip!) and how the US military sought to weaponize weather.

Read the book and join the discussion on August 22 at 7PM at River Action.

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