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To Everything on Earth: New Writing on Fate, Community, and Nature Paperback – January 15, 2010
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William E. Tydeman, in his introduction, finds coherence in the book in the way that the essays portray an emotional connection between the writer, the natural world, and the reader. I can buy that. It's emotion captured me. The authors call up their memories of encounters with nature, and their stories are genuine, unique, deeply felt. They resonate. I'm drawn into their truths. And reminded of my own.
For Marybeth Holleman, it's the simple willingness of a brown-skinned child to befriend a white one. These accidental playmates on an Alaskan beach become a talisman for hope. For Peter Friederici, there is the bare truth of the desert, where now is the only moment and silence is a liberation. And for Susan Hanson, confronting nature's capricious power, there is the balance between danger and security that makes life possible in an uncertain world.
The book is an eclectic mix of style and subject. There is poetry in the mysterious images of geese in Lisa Couturier's effort to comprehend her father, "a man made of birds and trees." And there is simplicity and directness in David Lukas' look back at his career as a naturalist.Read more ›