- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Picador; First Edition edition (November 20, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031220406X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312204068
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,902,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Edges of the Civilized World: A Journey in Nature and Culture Paperback – November 20, 1999
"The Other Woman" by Sandie Jones
“The Other Woman is an absorbing thriller with a great twist. A perfect beach read.” ― Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Great Alone" Pre-order today
"[Deming is] a writer of skillful means and economy."--Kirkus Reviews
"[Deming is a ] gifted poet and essayist."--Booklist
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PEN/West Finalist for Creative Nonfiction
"Eloquent, lyrical, meditative....Combining a naturalist's graceful precision with a cultural anthropologist's perceptiveness, [Deming's] travelogue is punctuated with luminous epiphanies." --Publishers Weekly
"Lyrical passages make vivid Deming's joy in wild nature." --Judith Nemi, The Women's Review of Books
"Poetic...The rewards of these honest, humbling compositions lie in their compassion for all species, human and wild, and their ability to conjure up hope for all of us." --Allison Slavick, Rain Taxi
"[Deming is a] gifted poet and essayist."--Booklist
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She begins her book about Pacific City, Oregon, a quiet area which she loves, but second and third homes are moving in and changing this small town. Another small town she writes about is Central City, Colorado, growing too fast, growing away from what it once was and becoming much like any other town.
Ms Deming, a tenth generation New Englander now living in Tucson, Arizona writes about both science and poetry. She thought, when younger about becoming a scientist, but poetry won out, kind of. She still loves all the sciences, they are contained in her writings. Alison Hawthorne Deming is concerned that technology, good as it is, will take over. Another is the growth of cities. Both are good and bad.
All twelve chapters contain different parts of the world where Ms Deming visits and writes about. Indigenous peoples, should not lose their individuality to become more like everyone else. She is interested in birds, water animals and their habitats, interested in the world around her.
In her last chapter, she writes about Hawaii where she was teaching a semester at the University of Hawaii. Beautiful Hawaii. She enjoyed her time there though she likes to stay from touristy areas. Ms Deming likes to experience all she can, but she particularly likes quiet areas where she she can walk, enjoy, observe and think about on her own. She will go off paths and wander deep into forests, beaches, deep into places where she wants to experience.
I don't know where I got this book, found it somewhere a long time ago. I finally had a chance to read it. It is an excellent read for environmentalists, nature lovers and those who are planning to go into that type of work. Environmentalist types can learn much from this book.