As I moved through my friend Bryant Holsenbeck’s new book, The Last Straw, I was struck by its accessibility. The book, ostensibly about Bryant’s journey to rid single-use plastic from her life, is really about us. I found it subversive how she asks us to see the world through her eyes, stealthily offering a blueprint for each of us to follow in our own lives.
The book is beautiful. “So exquisitely written and felt,” wrote one reader. The photos and animating quotes interspersed with Bryant’s eloquent reflections invite the reader to find our own way along the path toward more awareness and reduced use of plastic.
She also shows that while the problem of plastic waste is beyond comprehension, one’s own work on this issue need not be overwhelming. A longtime friend of Bryant’s captured this sentiment: “At the end I was encouraged that I personally do not have to take a burdensome task but that every little bit helps, and awareness is of utter importance.”
Please join Bryant at one of the following events:
February 5, 2019, Tuesday, 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, Ninth Street, Durham, NC
February 10, 2019, Sunday, 3:00 pm
Southwest Branch, Durham County Library
3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC
March 21, 2019, 7:00 pm
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC
April 11, 2019, 7:00 pm
Pleiades Gallery, Durham, NC
April 29, 2019, 7:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC