MORE ON THE SPILL
Here are three more nonfiction books that focus on the disaster — and one written and illustrated by an 11-year-old who raised $150,000 to help birds affected by the spill.
Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster (Harper) by John Konrad, a veteran oil rig captain, and Tom Shroder, a journalist, is a detailed history of the Deepwater Horizon rig, a profile of its crew and a harrowing account of the day it blew.
Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf (Sterling) by Olivia Bouler is a unique field guide to familiar and endangered birds by a young girl who, by age 11, had won awards for and spoken at national conferences such as TEDx about her efforts for conservation.
A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout (Crown) by Carl Safina is an oceanographer's knowledgeable and blistering account of the environmental impact of the spill — which is far from over — and the much larger impact of our continued reliance on fossil fuels.
Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey Through Our Last Great Wetland (Bloomsbury) by Rowan Jacobsen puts the BP disaster into the larger context of decades of environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico. Remember the concern about those oil dispersants? The same daily amount of dispersant is washed into the gulf by the Mississippi from dishwashers and washing machines across the country.