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Before They're Gone

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Before They're Gone by Michael Lanza
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Apr 09, 2013 | ISBN 9780807001844

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“A beautifully written, moving meditation.”
—Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle
“Encounters with bears and alligators as well as tender parent-child moments . . . make [Before They’re Gone] an informative, heartwarming and, at times, heart-stopping read.”
—Colleen McBrinn, The Today Show’s travel blog

“The season’s must-read new memoir about bringing up adventure kids in the age of climate change.”
Outside Magazine’s Raising Rippers blog

“This is a terrific blend of adventure…and ecological forecasting (and forewarning) that aptly conveys the passion of a devoted outdoorsman, and serves as a wake-up call to the state of our planet.”
Publishers Weekly

“Intriguing premise; decent execution—certainly of interest to environmentalists and other eco-minded readers.”
Kirkus Review 

“Michael Lanza braids a story of family, wilderness, and climate that’s at once heartwarming and terrifying. I envy his kids for the incredible year they spent exploring America’s finest wild places. And I mourn that they—and my own daughter—will have to endure the devastating consequences of our heating planet. Lanza makes abundantly clear that our children deserve better than the legacy we’re leaving them.”
—John Harlin, author of The Eiger Obsession: Facing the Mountain that Killed My Father

“I grew up in a national park, worked in twelve others and have visited well over two hundred of them. Their values, for people like me, often are taken for granted. In this wonderful book, Michael Lanza’s children learn and experience what is most important about our national parks – the necessity to leave them ‘unimpaired for future generations’ – and why.”
—Bill Wade, Chair, Executive Council, Coalition of National Park Service Retirees and former superintendent of Shenandoah National Park

“Delightful … a fresh and engaging way to tell the climate change story.”
—Laura Helmuth, senior science editor, Smithsonian

“Wilderness adventurers like Lanza are the advance scouts of global warming, bringing back firsthand testimony from pristine landscapes that powerfully corroborates what climate scientists are telling us about our changing planet. But this eyewitness report is much more than an impassioned polemic: it’s also an entertaining collection of backcountry anecdotes—surprise encounters with grizzlies, anxious moments on glaciers and wild coastlines, jaw-dropping views from remote summits—that bring climate change to life in a way that’s more palpable and persuasive than any data chart. Above all, Before They’re Gone is a fetching love letter to Mike’s wife, children, and friends and to the wild places he treasures as only a hiker, climber, and explorer can.”
—Jonathan Dorn, editor in chief, Backpacker

Table Of Contents

Prologue: Inspiration
Chapter 1) Deepest Earth
Chapter 2) How Does the Water Go Up the Mountain?
Chapter 3) The Distant Rumble of White Thunder
Chapter 4) In the Long Shadow of “The Mountain”
Chapter 5) Along a Wild Coast
Chapter 6) The Backbone of the World
Chapter 7) If a Tree Falls
Chapter 8) Searching for Dr. Seuss
Chapter 9) The End of Winter
Chapter 10) Going Under


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