- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 29, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393292169
- ISBN-13: 978-0393292169
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Throughout Still Waters the reader has the pleasure of the author as a teacher, guide, and raconteur. In the tradition of fine nature writing, Stager takes us on an illuminating tangent here and a thrilling side tripe there. Best of all, we get to be scientists with him, venturing out into the world armed with questions and returning home with a smattering of answers, plus a host of new questions to ask....Stager immerses us in the seductive and ever-changing currents of lives in general and the lives of lakes in particular.”
- Ed Kanze, Adirondack Explorer
“Lyrical...offers geological and biological revelations.”
“Curt Stager is as fine a teacher as I have ever encountered, both in the classroom and on the page. You will learn something new in every paragraph of this book, and the vivid writing will make it stick in your brain. For those of us who love the planet's lakes, this is like a long, cool drink of the freshest water.”
- Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont
“Curt Stager is an eloquent storyteller. He not only guides us into the fascinating ecological worlds that dwell within lakes but also demonstrates that our own nature, both biological and cultural, cannot be understood apart from our many interconnections with these living waters.”
- David George Haskell, author of The Songs of Trees and The Forest Unseen
“Lakes reflect us both literally and metaphorically, in ways shallow and deep. We can see our faces as we peer into their surface. But more deeply, lakes also reflect how the world is changing. Curt Stager has written a deep book about lakes. He peers into deep time, letting lakes tell us what has been, as well as foretelling a bit about who we are becoming.”
- Carl Safina, author of A Sea In Flames and Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think and Feel
“Curt Stager takes his readers into the depths of ponds, lakes and seas around the globe―both polluted and pristine, ancient and nearly new―and brings alive the universe of life contained within each. Picking up the torch lit by Thoreau more than 150 years ago, Still Waters plumbs a question that vexes ecologists and philosophers alike―Can waters so shaped by human hands ever again be considered 'natural'? His conclusions will surprise as much as they entertain and educate.”
- Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
“Authoritative.... For a primer on the ‘secret world’ of lakes and for surprising facts and speculations on the microscopic and macroscopic realms―all carefully assembled and presented―the book is an important contribution to understanding how lakes, beyond their singular beauty, are windows to our primal connections to all life.”
“An outstanding work of nature and science writing that lingers long after the book is closed. Highly recommended.”
- Library Journal (starred review)
“This contemplative volume, both informative and poetic, makes good on Stager's intent to 'upgrade' Walden 'for our own century.'”
- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Curt Stager is a professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College in New York. New York State’s Carnegie-Case Science Professor of the Year in 2013, he cohosts Natural Selections on North Country Public Radio and has published in periodicals such as Science, National Geographic, and The New York Times.
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The book presents very specialized information in an accessible manner which made it a very pleasant - and educational - read. I had no idea there were such things as “limnologists”, and that study of lakes was an actual field.