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Any Way You Slice It
The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing
by Stan Cox
hardcover, $26.95 (Buy Now)

A compelling explanation of a much-maligned concept in an era of ecological crises and growing inequality, from the author of the highly acclaimed Losing Our Cool Rationing is certainly the third rail of American politics.

In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox shows that rationing is not just a quaint practice restricted to World War II memoirs and 1970s gas station lines. Instead, he persuasively argues that rationing is a vital concept for our fragile present, an era of dwindling resources and environmental crises. Any Way You Slice It takes us on a fascinating search for alternative ways of apportioning life’s necessities, from the goal of “fair shares for all” during wartime in the 1940s to present-day water rationing in a Mumbai slum, from the bread shops of Cairo to the struggle for fairness in American medicine and carbon rationing on Norfolk Island in the Pacific. Cox’s question: can we limit consumption while assuring everyone a fair share?

Losing Our Cool
Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)
by Stan Cox
Paperback, $17.95 (Buy Now)

One of the Mother Nature Network’s ten “must-read environmental books” of the year, Losing Our Cool is the first book to examine how indoor climate control is helping send our outdoor climate reeling out of control. With summers growing hotter and energy demand heavier, Stan Cox shows how air-conditioning transforms human experience in surprising ways, by altering our bodies’ sensitivity to heat; our rates of infection, allergy, asthma, and obesity; and even our sex lives. It has also enabled an irrational commuter economy, triggered a migration toward the American South and West, and created the kind of workplace in which employers wear sweaters in July. But, as Cox shows us, by combining traditional cooling methods with newer technologies, we can make ourselves comfortable and keep the planet comfortable as well.

Stan Cox is a plant breeder at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He has written on environmental issues for newspapers nationwide including the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and for many online publications. He is the author of Losing Our Cool (The New Press) and Sick Planet.