On Earth Day, three new books about humanity's relationship with the planet.
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities (Gotham) by Will Allen, with Charles Wilson, is a memoir by a former pro basketball player and KFC executive who, in retirement, started an urban farm in a Milwaukee food desert and went on to found Growing Power.
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves From the Automobile (Times Books) by Taras Grescoe is a timely (given gas prices) look at the flaws in car-based urban design, and at cities around the world that do mass transportation right.
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet (Viking) by Robert Hazen is an eminent scientist's narrative of the history of the planet and of our knowledge about it, with an amazing new theory about the origins of life.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor