2015 National Book Award Longlist, Nonfiction

Cynthia Barnett

Rain Cynthia Barnett, credit: Jennifer Adler
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House

ISBN: 978-0804137096



Cynthia Barnett's Rain begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science--the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains--with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world.

About the Author

Cynthia Barnett is a longtime environmental journalist who has reported on water from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She is the author of Mirage, which won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards, and Blue Revolution, named by the Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and their two children.


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Photo credit: Jennifer Adler