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Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile First Edition Edition
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There is another level of this book that works so well for me, and that is the author's keen interest in other people's stories. He does this in his other books as well, in that he observes and talks to everyone and anyone, with a genuine interest in their lives. We could learn a lesson here....most people have an interesting story to tell, if we search for it. If we just lose interest in ourselves for a bit, if we learn to see other people as potential friends, we could enrich our lives. I find this refreshing in our era of self-indulgent memoirs.
And that grey-haired gentleman over there in the woods, clearly not sticking to the path...the one crouching down examining something on the ground or making snorting monkey sounds? The one staring up at the trees, imitating the bird songs? Who is that? Well, it's John Hanson Mitchell. And he's willing to talk to you, and share his find.
The concept is brilliant: Tracing one place from the glaciers to suburbia. It's not only rare for anyone to have such great curiosity to do the research that went into this. It's even rarer to have the writing ability to turn all those facts into a compelling narrative that brings it alive by encompassing range of the author's vision and humanizing it at the same time.
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This is a wonderful book. I have learned to move a little more slowly, attentively, and thoughtfully through my little world since reading this.Published on August 18, 2012 by Rodger L. Fink
This book is fiction. Unfortunately it is presented with a lot of details that might make you think it is true, and it is cataloged as History / Natural History. Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by M. Dionne
I admit I know the author. I met him while bragging about my - as unyet unpublished - book (it will be soon). He did not brag - but my wife had read Ceremonial Time and loved it. Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by Sanford Hart Low
A "must read" for anyone living close to the land. I appreciated the author's understanding that we and our environs exist not just 2- or 3- dimensions, but rather four with time... Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by Mackenzie
This is marketed as natural history / history . The author himself has admitted that parts of it are just made up. Major disappointment.Published on June 19, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Loved the book especially since I live in NH. We were walking down a commercial ally in Portsmouth, NH and I spied the book in a store window. Read morePublished on June 3, 2006 by mary