- Series: Sierra Club Books Publication
- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Sierra Club Books; 1 edition (October 31, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578050618
- ISBN-13: 978-1578050611
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,369,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Spirit of the Valley: Where the Light of Science Meets the Shadow of Myth (Sierra Club Books Publication) Hardcover – October 31, 2000
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With this unique book, the reader buys one ticket and takes two trips: one through the sunny and tangible realm of a California oak woodland, the other through the enchanting province of mythology. Both journeys lead into comfortable and charming country.
Writing with a deep reverence for nature, poet and biologist Baxter Trautman reveals how the world of science connects with the worlds of history, myth, and the human spirit. Why do magpies chatter and bluebirds whisper? What common roadside plant was used as a poison in medieval times and centuries later as medicine by U.S. soldiers? Can female gall wasps really reproduce without males? Why do lizards have an "inevitable affinity" with human beings, while their cousins, the snakes, produce terror? Trautman answers these and other fascinating questions with the black-and-white pen of science dipped in the colorful ink of myth. The result is a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining book of natural history and much, much more.
About the Author
Baxter Troutman is a wildlife biologist with fifteen years of field experience. She lives near San Luis Obispo, California.
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Two corrections to recommend:
1. None of the California missions were founded by Jesuits. (Baja is different, however.)
2. California was probably not named per the Cali Fornax theory; recent scholarship traces the name to Queen Calafia and her island California in Garcia Montalvo's novel THE EXPLOITS OF ESPLANDIAN.
If you are the author and are reading this: please e-mail me and let me know if you plan on writing, or have written, other books--I found this one informative and enjoyable.