You probably wouldn't think of a travelogue on the most terrifyingly polluted places in the world as a good summer read, but I'm here to argue that VISIT SUNNY CHERNOBYL by Andrew Blackwell might just be the perfect thing for a beautiful sunny day. Oh, and my buddies Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist are here to back me up.
For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon—but Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere’s most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us.
Part travelogue, part expose, part environmental memoir, and part faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue’s gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer—and approaches a deeper understanding of what’s really happening to our planet in the process.
"Journalist and filmmaker Blackwell doesn’t just present a list of environmental woes but undertakes provocative meditations on how to care about the planet while recognizing that plenty of people need to make a living, sometimes to the environment’s detriment." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In each chapter, Blackwell finds he loves the polluted places for all the ways they aren’t ruined. With great verve, and without sounding preachy, he exposes the essence and interconnectedness of these environmental problems." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
It also received a starred review from Booklist!
VISIT SUNNY CHERNOBYL will be available in June from Rodale.