If the pen really is mightier than the sword, it seems like environmentalists should have worked themselves out of a job a long time ago. Take a stroll through almost any bookstore, and you'll find a nature-writing section full of lushly designed covers, beautifully turned prose, and impassioned arguments on behalf of the land. It looks like a slam-dunk for Team Green. But wander a few aisles over, to the paperback fiction shelves, and you'll see why the battle of the book isn't over yet. Here, where the covers are dominated by buxom women, fearsome weapons, and billboard-size type, right-wing …
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Award-winning journalist and pretty good mom Michelle Nijhuis writes about science and the environment from western Colorado. Follow her on Twitter.