Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, by Cynthia Barnett (UF JM, 89; UF History MA, 03),  is this month’s “Gators Read” selection sponsored by the UF Libraries. Barnett completed a master’s thesis in the history department under the supervision of Dr. David Colburn on growth management in Florida. A former senior staff writer for Florida Trend magazine, she published her first book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., in 2008. Mirage won the gold medal in the non-fiction category of the Florida Book Awards and has been an inspiration to the movement to save Florida’s freshwater springs. Blue earned praise in the national media and Barnett a honorary doctorate from Unity College. Barnett, who is now an independent environmental writer and journalist, is writing a new book on the human and natural history of rain.
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Librarians have made reserve copies of Blue available at the Library West, Architecture, and Health Science Center libraries for anyone who would like to join the read. A public talk by Barnett will follow on October 2. For more information on the talk, click the photograph above. 
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