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Connections to Nature
on October 2, 2012
When I first started this book, which I got as a Goodreads giveaway, I was a little unsure as to whether I would enjoy it. Although I enjoy spending time outside, I have never really been a nature girl---I have always preferred a day in the city to a day in the country. However, as I followed the story of Rachel Carson's immersion in the ocean world that fascinated her, I became more open to learning how this author changed the course of natural history.
After writing two very popular books about ocean life, Carson then took on the task of writing about the nuclear and pesticide pollution which was running rampant in the 1950s. Carson's break through thesis was that the reason these things we are putting into the environment are important is because the natural world is all connected, the bugs, to the birds, to the plants, to mammals and to us. I learned that Carson was not a crusader, but merely someone who felt deeply connected to the natural world and was worried that it was being destroyed.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in nature or environmental issues. I also think it is of interest because Carson was a woman who was writing on a topic that was not largely thought to be a woman's realm. The book reveals that the press of the time often referred to her as a "spinster". She did not have the husband and children that were expected of a woman at the time and instead chose to devote her energy to her passions. I think that is an important lesson for women today.