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Global Mountain Regions: Conversations Toward the Future by Ann Kingsolver and Sasikumar Balasundaram

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This book consists of 27 chapters dealing with mountain communities around the world. What I like best about the book is that each chapter is preceded by the lyrics of a Si Kahn song! The chapter that deals with Palestine is, arguably, a stretch, and two continents, Australia and Antarctica, are not represented, but the coverage is really pretty complete. Most chapters address issues affecting the mountain regions of more than one country. Contributors include Tom Hansell whose recent book, After Coal, is reviewed here this month; Pat Beaver; Crystal Good, whose contribution is a poem, Shaunna L. Scott; Mary K. Anglin; Tammy Horn Potter; Nathan Hall, and lots of people whose names I cannot pronounce which indicates how much more cosmopolitan this book is than I am. Both co-editors are academic anthropologists, Ann Kingsolver at the University of Kentucky, and Sasikumar Balasundaram at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018. 380 pages with an Index, charts, maps, and photos. Hardback in dust jacket, $90. Trade paperback