[Second Nature is] an unwavering look at our increasingly dystopian world . . . Rich presents humanity's war against nature in vivid detail . . . Flowing and deeply researched prose paints scene after scene of the ubiquitous entropy that is gaining momentum . . . Rich manages to fluently and empathetically depict in a digestible way the predicament in which we now find ourselves.
–Dahr Jamail, The New York Times Book Review
Nathaniel Rich's electric Second Nature . . . is a tour de force examining the influence humans exert on the world . . . The reading experience is by turns demoralizing and galvanizing, like most worthwhile things.
Rich's elegy to a planet he likens to a critical care patient is lyrical, erudite, and devastating...[His] investigation of crimes against nature and the people who are trying to stop them is alarming, enlightening, and necessary.–O Magazine
The essays in Second Nature
reveal important truths that gather power when they are read together.
One of the singular pleasures of reading Nathaniel Rich's Losing Earth
is his ability to find and bring to life on the page the women and men engaged in saving the planet. This skill is not surprising, given that Rich is also an acclaimed novelist, but it does help explain why he is so good at what he does, as amply demonstrated in his latest book of nonfiction, Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade
.–Air Mail Interview
If Losing Earth
was maddening (the only thing worse than staring down the barrel of endless scorching summers, soupy winters, and catastrophic wildfire seasons is knowing politicians could've done something about it and didn't), Second Nature
[A] vividly reported survey . . . Frightening but with an undercurrent of humor, Rich's study is packed with moving insight. –Publishers Weekly