to know a starry night by Paul Bogard, with photography by Beau Rogers

           to know a starry night by Paul Bogard, with photography by Beau Rogers, University of Nevada Press, 2021. 9781647790127

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? This book fills me with longing.  I grew up in almost rural Michigan where we had visible night skies – and I took them for granted; weren’t skies like this everywhere?  Very, very sadly not and growing worse by the day.  Rogers’ amazing photographs of night skies across the country, not always with stars, capture the night skies that are there for all of us to view. From Bogard: “I began to understand how unusual it was to be out enjoying the night, especially alone.  Simply put, it seemed no one else was around.”  More than the lyricism of Bogard’s prose and the beauty of Rogers’ photography, the book can be taken as a wakeup call to get out there and be alone with the night – if we can find one without the neighbor’s spotlights.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? High school students might be inspired by the contents of this book to not only get out into the night, but to work to preserve it.

Who should buy this book? High school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? 551.56

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you seek inspiration and awe, then yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: November 15, 2021

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