- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (March 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802776876
- ISBN-13: 978-0802776877
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls Paperback – March 1, 2004
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"Now I know about a thousand interesting details that shed illuminating light on the human history of this sweet region."
About the Author
Robert M. Thorson―scientist, teacher, writer― is Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut, where he holds a joint appointment between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Department of Anthropology, with additional responsibilities to the Honors Program and the Integrated Geosciences Program. He teaches courses, advises students, performs sponsored research, serves on committees, and provides articles, reviews and interviews. Beyond the classroom, he writes a weekly Thursday column for The Hartford Courant, and coordinates the Stone Wall Initiative, now in the process of being incorporated into the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (Connecticut Archaeology Center). He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, The Geological Society of America, and the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Science.
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that seems to be coming too quickly. They urge us to slow down
and to recall the past."
This is only one of the many observations that Professor Thorson
concludes his marvelous book with. I must admit that his final,
summarizing chapter actually brought a tear to my eye - hardly
to be expected from a book on geology and regional history
mixed with, amongst other topics, some anthropology.
In other words this book has enough of everything to satisfy
every curiosity you might have about those tumbled down rows
of stones found in just about every New England forest and
suburb. A surprising wealth of information on numerous topics.
Fascinating scientific and cultural and historical background -
far more than one would ever expect to encounter considering
the topic. And Professor Thorson's writing style is commendably
clear and readable, with a poet's affection for his topic.
Quite simply one of the best nonfiction books I think I have ever
read (and I read quite a lot), for its perfect fusion of research, understanding and sentiment.
Almost an answer to my prayers during so many long, wandering and wondering forest walks.
I encourage you to read this book.