A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn

Super Great Book for Eco-lovers (and anyone else)


Everyone go read this book right now: “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird.”

I’ve coveted this book since it came out last year, finally got it, and read it in one day this week. Why it’s great:

1) It’s not just about saving one bird species, but about preserving a whole pristine, biologically unique valley in Belize from destruction.

xunantunich-22) The writing is fast, engaging, and seemingly effortless. The writer spent six years with Sharon Matola, the quirky proprietor of the Belize Zoo who spearheaded the campaign to stop construction of a dam on the Macal River. The writer’s style reminded me of John McPhee, weaving together pieces of one narrative with fascinating background information on everything from pirate wars to Mayan history to the peculiarities of peccaries.

3) The book is full of  nefarious characters, shady deals, and postcolonial government insanity. You will not believe what those in power in Belize would do to get this dam built.

4) I went to Belize two years ago and would give anything for the chance to go back there and live for a while or forever. Most amazing place ever!

0195149475_01__AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_5) It has prompted me to begin reading a book about a similarly captivating fight a hundred years ago: “The Battle over Hetch Hetchy: America’s Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism.”

6) The book’s message of hope, even against great setbacks, is very inspiring, even to a cynic.

Go to Belize! Read this book! Save the world! (Okay, that might be this afternoon’s caffeine talking.)


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did you know your great grandfather help build hetch hetchy?

Comment by ed morrisroe

I did not! What?! That’s crazy! You’ll have to tell me more. He helped build everything!

Comment by Carrie M

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