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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595340742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595340740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Anderson on April 15, 2011
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So confession first, I have a short chapter in this, but that aside Tom Fleischner of Prescott College has put together a remarkable collection of authors covering a broad spectrum of interests and foci, ranging from guitar great Richard Thompson to conservation biologists like Ed Grumbine and has got them to discuss their personal relationships with the science and practice of Natural History in a sequence of short, pithy essays. The result is an intellectual feast that should provoke, inspire, amuse any reader with a yen for the out-of-doors. A lot of the fun of the book is the sheer range of authors and styles, all converging on a love of gaining a greater understanding of wild things and wild places through active observation and engagement. An excellent read for the budding naturalist!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua J. Tewksbury on July 24, 2011
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This is both a broad and a personal look at the relationships people form by paying attention to the natural world. I like these essays because they reflect a wide range of perspectives about natural history, from the spiritual to the scientific to the artistic, and they capture the people as much as the topic. In addition, the essays are exceptionally well written, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, always honest and reflective, and they all seem to end just at the right point - that is each one leaves you wanting more. This is a must read for anyone wondering if their own practice really is natural history - it probably is - and for anyone who wants to the dig into the diverse personal roots of natural history, as told by naturalists of many stripes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harry Greene on August 24, 2011
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This is one of those wonderful compact anthologies one can easily carry around, read in one sitting or browse as time allows, and dog-ear for future visits over the years. The writers include a few most folks have heard of (rewilder Dave Foreman, rock music giant Richard Thompson), a poet who never fails to bring one pause (Jane Hirshfield), one of the world's most distinguished marine ecologists (Paul Dayton), a lyrical sensory ecopsychologist (Laura Sewall), and a panolply of others, none of whose essays are clunkers. All of the writers are teachers in some sense or another, their topics ranging from conservation biology (Tom Fleischner) to writing (Sarah Rabkin), and their desire to explore with an open mind permeates this fine book. I've read the whole thing twice and found new gems to ponder each time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moontrolling on May 22, 2012
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An environmental studies professor at Prescott College in Arizona, Tom Fleischner's local roots stretch back to summers spent working in North Cascades National Park and the founding of North Cascades Institute. Defining natural history as "a practice of intentional, focused attentiveness and receptivity to the more-than-human world," his vision of a zen-like study of the natural world is fleshed out in this volume with essay and poetry contributions from Jane Hirshfield, Robert Michael Pyle, Kathleen Dean Moore, Robert Aiken, Scott Russell Sanders and others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katneils on February 13, 2013
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These writings have brought me such solace. I read many books and periodicals about the environment and most often feel painfully overwhelmed by the condition of Earth. It is as if Fleischner chose these writings for the soothing and encouragement of those of us left who honor all Life. More than ever I want to get outside and learn, but also teach.
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