This short natural history book is a great pick for anybody who liked Sapiens or Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, anybody who likes the work of Mark Kurlansky or even Michael Pollan. It is a look at the four billion-year journey of our planet. The author is a professor of ecology and earth and planetary sciences. This book took him two decades to write but will probably only take you a couple of hours to read. It’s a fun fascinating look at the ground beneath your feet and will give you a sense of perspective and new appreciation of your home in the universe.
A Brief History of Earth by Andrew H. Knoll, (List Price: 19.99, Mariner Books, 9780062853929, April 2023)
Reviewed by Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia