World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler
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In The Long Emergency celebrated social commentator James Howard Kunstler explored how the terminal decline of oil production, combined with climate change, had the potential to put industrial civilization out of business. In World Made by Hand, an astonishing work of speculative fiction, Kunstler brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence, after these catastrophes converge. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is nothing like they thought it would be. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure. Their challenges play out in a dazzling, fully realized world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers, no longer polluted, and replenished with fish. With the cost of oil skyrocketing—and with it the price of food—Kunstler’s extraordinary book, full of love and loss, violence and power, sex and drugs, depression and desperation, but also plenty of hope, is more relevant than ever.
 

About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of twelve novels, including World Made By Hand and The Witch of Hebron, and four nonfiction books, including The Long Emergency. He is a frequent lecturer at colleges and professional organizations across the country. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
 
Published January 19, 2009 by Grove Press. 340 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Is the economic implosion of the United States a crisis or an opportunity? Two eco-millenarian novelists disagree.

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NPR

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James Howard Kunstler's most recent social commentaries have pointed to mayhem — ranging from bad surburban planning to how the loss of cheap oil might unravel the way we live. But his latest work — a return to fiction — offers a bit of reassurance.

Mar 24 2008 | Read Full Review of World Made by Hand: A Novel

Los Angeles Times

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James Howard Kunstler continues his fictional exploration of the near-future in the novel 'The Witch of Hebron.'

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San Francisco Chronicle

Jihadists have bombed the United States three times, and a paralyzing pandemic with a name that would make Lou Dobbs proud - the Mexican flu - has killed millions.

May 06 2008 | Read Full Review of World Made by Hand: A Novel

The Moderate Voice

At the forefront of those predicting the collapse of our civilization is James Howard Kunstler.

Jul 15 2010 | Read Full Review of World Made by Hand: A Novel

TreeHugger

The Long Emergency : TreeHuggerInterview with James Howard Kunstler James Howard Kunstler Spares No One in New Podcast Questions from Treehuggers for Jim Kunstler.

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