• Warmth

  • Coming of Age at the End of Our World
  • By: Daniel Sherrell
  • Narrated by: Daniel Sherrell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Named a Best Book of 2021 by The New Yorker and Publishers Weekly

“[Warmth] is lyrical and erudite, engaging with science, activism, and philosophy...[Sherrell] captures the complicated correspondence between hope and doubt, faith and despair - the pendulum of emotional states that defines our attitude toward the future.” (The New Yorker)

“Beautifully rendered and bracingly honest.” (Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing)

From a millennial climate activist, an exploration of how young people live in the shadow of catastrophe

Warmth is a new kind of book about climate change: not what it is or how we solve it, but how it feels to imagine a future - and a family - under its weight. In a fiercely personal account written from inside the climate movement, Sherrell lays bare how the crisis is transforming our relationships to time, to hope, and to each other. At once a memoir, a love letter, and an electric work of criticism, Warmth goes to the heart of the defining question of our time: how do we go on in a world that may not?

©2021 Daniel Sherrell (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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“[Warmth] is lyrical and erudite, engaging with science, activism, and philosophy - he moves fluently among thinkers such as Bill McKibben, Saidiya Hartman, and Maggie Nelson...[and] captures the complicated correspondence between hope and doubt, faith and despair.... [Sherrell's letter is] an achievement, reflective of the serpentine struggle with self-doubt...speaking to an unborn child allows him to extend beyond his own relative comfort, and this involves its own kind of faith, a solidarity with the world to come that we won’t see.... [He] remind[s] us that there will be no further salvation from afar, only a need to look harder, and closer.” (The New Yorker)

"Sherrell’s diverse emotional palate may in fact reflect the ambivalence most of us feel when it comes to issues of climate change. We generally don’t think about the Problem, as Sherrell calls it, until our thoughts about it are too much to bear.... Sherrell awakens a new urgency for reform. Our choices today have an impact on the environment in years to come, we know. But in Warmth, Sherrell makes concrete what is generally too abstract or distant for us to really feel.” (The Washington Post

“[Written] with incisive, ground-level urgency.... Sherrell is an immensely talented young writer who cares deeply about his subject.... Warmth should be required reading for anyone who questions the depth, tenacity, and critical thinking skills of millennials.... Sherrell could have responded with a pure screed. Instead he’s come up with something more potent: an existential yawp, freighted with the ballast of knowledge and intent. Reading Warmth means accepting the challenge of caring, and perhaps even doing something about it.” (The Boston Globe

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Excellent and cathartic

While listening to this book, I found myself over and over realizing that I had felt or gone through the same processes that Daniel describes so well. This is the first book I’ve ever read or listenEd to that actually describes what it’s like to go up against these giant corporations, faceless and uncaring politicians and mind-numbingly and unnecessarily complex systems that are designed to keep people out. In my area, which is clean energy, despite the gravity of climate change, utilities continue to kill rooftop solar, kill energy efficiency programs, pretend that $500 billion in health and environmental damage is dumped on mostly poor people does not matter, and that all that really matters is that we pay electric utility CEOs 10 or $20 million a year to basically destroy our future. It’s gob smacking, and once young people realize what has been done, they will be mad. I’m already mad, and it’s 65 years old, I’m not going to face the horrible changes that my young friends and family members will. I so appreciate Daniel writing this book, it has helped me tremendously.

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