Fried Green Fiction
Recommended by members of the Canton Public Library's Green Team.
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Gus Traynor is the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Fairbanks, Alaska. He prides himself on his independence of spirit. So when big business threatens the Alaskan wilderness that he holds dear, Gus calls for support from his best friend, a developer who helps Gus take on the forces of progress. As Gus investigates the best ways to preserve the heritage of his community, he learns more than he's ever known about the region's quirky residents. But when a young woman's body turns up mysteriously in a river, he also learns that he may be falling in love with the colleague who is helping him report on the local happenings. Cole paints the background of her story so vividly and entertainingly that the reader hardly notices that she is making a very strong statement about preserving the land and its people.
T. is a young Los Angeles real estate developer in Los Angeles with a reverence for money. Always restrained and solitary, he has just fallen in love for the first time when his orderly life is thrown into chaos by the appearance of his unbalanced mother. Struggling to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend and keep his mother on an even keel, T. slowly begins to lose control. In the middle of a series of painful losses, he begins to nurture a curious obsession with rare and vanishing species. Soon he's living a double life, building sprawling subdivisions by day and breaking into zoos at night to be with animals that are the last of their kind. With wry dialog and insightful musings, Millet delves deep into the meaning of humanity's destructive connection to nature and the consequences of the extinction of both animals and love.
In a beautiful hymn to wildness, Kingsolver celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature and of nature itself. Kingsolver takes on timely issues eloquently, here focusing on the ecological damage caused by herbicides, ethical questions about raising tobacco, and the endangered condition of subsistence farming. A corner of southern Appalachia serves as the setting for the stories of three intertwined lives, and alternating chapters with recurring names signal which of the three protagonists is taking center stage. Each character suffers because his or her way of looking at the world seems incompatible with that of loved ones. You'll sympathize with the difficult lives of these characters struggling on the hard edge of poverty while tied intimately to the natural world and engaged in an elemental search for dignity and human connection.
This is a wacky novel about dirty politics, big businesses running amuck, and their potential impact on Florida's fragile ecosystem. When budding young ecoterrorist Twilly Spree begins a campaign of sabotage against a litterbug named Palmer Stoat, he gets much more than he bargained for. After a wave of preemptive strikes centered on a garbage truck and a swarm of dung beetles, Twilly ups the ante and kidnaps both Palmer's dog and his wife. In doing so Twilly uncovers a conspiracy to jam a bill through the Florida legislature to develop Toad Island, a wildlife sanctuary, in a deal that will make a mint for all politicians concerned. As with most Hiaason books, the characters are a scream. In addition to Twilly and Palmer, there is a sexual pervert, a crazy hit man, a spineless governor, two porno stars, a ruthless developer, a kidnapped wife, a sick dog, and a host of crooked politicians to keep you entertained.
Based on interviews pertaining to actual events, this stirring debut novel centers on one family in a West Virginia coal mining town, the senseless destruction of their land by strip mining, and the cover-up of the illegal dumping of hazardous waste. College dropout Lace marries Jimmy Make, who eventually goes to work in the mines. They have four children whom they struggle to support after Jimmy is injured in a mining accident. After a flash flood threatens her family and kills some of her neighbors, Lace becomes politically active and demonstrates against the coal industry. Workers struggle with layoffs, families fight to stay together, and children seek escape from the blasted moonscape craters. Through the simple eyes of Lace and her endearing children, this book presents critical moral and economic concerns.