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Nonfiction

Rain

by Cynthia Barnett

Quick take

Rain happens, or it decidedly doesn't happen, and both courses can cause great growth or despair.

Why I love it

Not many subjects of a history book can claim to have originated four billion years ago. Let's see, there's the Earth, of course. And dirt. Possibly Abe Vigoda. That's about it. And it's not as if there are existing black-and-white photos of Rain when it was just a drizzle in diapers, standing on a lawn with its parents, the Clouds, shaking its lightning bolt rattle.

As we all know, and California...