- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393242714
- ISBN-13: 978-0393242713
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative 1st Edition
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“[A] lively exploration of what modern research has to say about the myriad health benefits of the great outdoors. . . Ms. Williams resists the tendency of so much nature writing towards easy epiphanies, adopting a tone that is, instead, pleasingly puckish. . . [She] puzzles out the pros and cons, concluding, on balance, that there’s a good case for connecting with nature to extend both the quantity and quality of life. . .”
- Danny Heitman, Wall Street Journal
“The Nature Fix offers a cross-continental rumination on nature’s feel-good effects in a world that’s increasingly concrete-centric.”
- Portland Monthly
“Williams’s findings are eminently reassuring, and perversely specific.”
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“Florence Williams, keen observer, deft writer, creates a fascinating mosaic here. What are the costs―to us!―of humanity’s increasing disconnection from nature? What are the likely benefits―to us!―of retaining that threatened connection?…Large.”
- David Quammen, New York Times best-selling author of Spillover
“I’m no tree hugger, but The Nature Fix made me want to run outside and embrace the nearest oak. Not for the tree’s sake but mine. Florence Williams makes a compelling, and elegant, case that nature is not only beautiful but also good for us. If Thoreau were steeped in modern neuroscience and possessed an endearingly self-deprecating sense of humor, the result would be the book you hold in your hands.”
- Eric Weiner, New York Times best-selling author of The Geography of Genius
“The Nature Fix is a beautifully written, thoroughly enjoyable exposition of a major principle of human life now supported by evidence in biology, psychology, and medicine.”
- Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
“[The Nature Fix] has much to offer to anyone interested in human health, from city planners and health practitioners to educators, scientists… and anyone concerned with their own well-being.”
- Esther Jackson, Public Services Librarian at the New York Botanic Garden
About the Author
Florence Williams is a journalist and contributing editor to Outside magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic among others. Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology. Williams lives in Washington, DC.
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"The Nature Fix" added nothing to the ideas that (a) humans grew up in nature, (b) nature is natural for us, (c) modern society separates us from nature, so, (d) get out in nature more and be so much the better for it.
If you enjoy the ramblings of an author hanging out with scientists, quoting their pithy, love-of-nature statements, jumping from topic to topic every few paragraphs, reminiscing page after page, and a seeming lack of feel for nature itself... you may feel this review harsh.
But if you're looking for a serious take on an urgent, serious issue — well organized and well written, too — you'd be better off looking elsewhere.
... ya... just walking around in some nature and...
... ya... feeling better for it
... LOTS better!
And the further you get away from civilization the better off you'll be.
You'll be happier, less stressed, more creative, healthier, better to be around, more compassionate, deeply human... the list goes on and on.
Had anticipated being thrilled.