The Hidden Life of Ice by Marco Tedesco ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Hear all my thoughts in my August 28, 2020 Friday Reads video.

I requested this book because I am planetary scientist who studies icy worlds. That means I am familiar with the topic, if not an expert. I spent a brief period in my undergrad studying Greenland Glaciers, but I am hardly a climate or glacier scientist. Nevertheless, I think it gives me a unique take on this book.

I was not all that thrilled by the concept of this book: another book about the perils of climate change. But it is so much more than that. This is short book that focuses on Earth’s ice reservoirs that tells a narrative that interweaves stories from Tedesco’s own expedition to the ice, to stories about the indigenous communities of various icy regions and their mythologies, and to personal accounts as a father and immigrant. Those feel like a very broad range of topics to cover, but I think it is what makes this book worth reading.

What’s more, it is told in a clear and enjoyable way (not always a given with scientists). While I may be a scientist myself, I do think he did a good job explaining various pieces of information in a clear way for the lay reader.

Traditionally, I read more science heavy books, so I am glad this one worked so well being more than about the science. 4/5 stars

The Hidden Life of Ice: Dispatches from a Disappearing World: Tedesco, Marco,  Flores d'Arcais, Alberto, Muir, Denise, Kolbert, Elizabeth: 9781615196999: Books

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