This third self-released CD by the folk-rock singer/songwriter features D’Amato on vocals, guitar, keyboard, and banjo, among other instruments. Recorded with members of Ben Kweller’s and Natalie Merchant’s bands, the 10-song collection has tracks ranging from electric folk and banjo to mandolin-driven rock and roll. Last year, the New York Post called Amato’s song “For Emily, On New Year’s Day” “acoustic tranquility” and selected it as No. 26 on its list of best songs of 2009. D’Amato performs on the East Coast.
(Columbia University Press)
Fleming traces the history of weather modification and geoengineering (the application of engineering techniques to alter the planet). He argues that today’s climate engineers exaggerate what is possible and ignore the serious political, ethical, and social ramifications that come with attempting to manage the world’s climate. Fleming is a professor of science, technology, and society at Colby College in Maine.
The author examines the effects on economies, jobs, and families of a rapidly aging world — including rising costs of pensions and health care, competition for younger workers, and shrinking families coping with caregiving. Kirkus called the book “a timely wake-up call.” Fishman also is the author of China, Inc.