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Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143134459
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2019

Jamie has the most gloriously poetic way of writing, and her books are a constant joy for it. In Surfacing, she takes us to archaeological digs in Orkney and Alaska, with some absolutely stunning nature writing, as well as essays about living in what Jamie calls her “late middle age.” Dealing with the death of her Father, and her own cancer diagnosis, she writes about the layers of memories, experiences and history, connecting the essays in a subtle, cumulative way. Her description of an eagle in flight is worth the price of admission alone, a stunning collection of work. Highly Recommend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Out of the Woods by Luke Turner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781474607162
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Published: Weidenfeld & Nicolson - March 24th, 2020

A haunting and evocative memoir that grips your hand and pulls you through the depths of Turner’s emotions, totally absorbing. He finds himself, after the abrupt end of a defining relationship, once again questioning his place in the world as a bisexual man, especially one
that is further complicated by religion, and revisiting his feelings of guilt and shame. He turns to Epping Forest, once a place of solace and safety, only to find parallels with his own struggle. A beautiful book about coming to peace with oneself, and the places that may help you may find it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World by Gary Ferguson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524743383
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Published: Dutton - October 22nd, 2019

This was a very different read for me that opened my eyes to the connections we can make in nature despite the technological world we live in today. Gary Ferguson is a compelling storyteller, weaving his wisdom and thorough research together with elements of history, philosophy, feminism and more. This is a must read nature-literature book for anyone who wishes to rediscover the magic, power and beauty of nature today. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Good Husbandry: A Memoir by Kristin Kimball - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501111532
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Published: Scribner - October 15th, 2019

It has been ten years since her first book The Dirty Life was published. In her second long awaited book, the author writes about the daily challenges she and her husband face living and working on their farm in northern New York. This is an honest account of farm life; raising two little girls while working long hours, managing a diverse group of help, and money-always money. Full of grit and humor, this book is well worth the wait! ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062966100
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Published: William Morrow - October 22nd, 2019

What do we know about the Fox?
Fox is a creature that has lived along side us for as long as we can remember, not only in our backyards, but in our myths and stories. Both beloved and mistrusted, both cute woodland animal and evil trickster, our relationship, though long, has been complicated. In this wonderful book, ecologist Adele Brand brings us the truth about this beautiful mammal, dispelling many myths along the way. She paints us a full picture of this iconic edgeland dweller, its habits, relationships, and its ability to adapt successfully to our ever changing environment. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a curiosity for foxes, wildlife and nature. A wonderful addition to the genre. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live by Rob Dunn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781541618305
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Published: Basic Books - October 1st, 2019

I can’t praise this book enough, and it’s about so much more than it appears.
The research and details that are covered in this book are breathtaking. Rob Dunn is a biologist, as well as Professor of Biology at North Carolina University, and clearly, the things that live in our homes with us are a passion of his. Not only do we learn all about the things we can see; cockroaches, ants, mice, for example, but also the things we can’t see, namely the seemingly endless kinds of bacteria that live on us, as well as around us. We learn the history of our emotions to certain living things, the reasons why we prefer some over others, and the ways they can influence not only our health, but sometimes our personality.
I had so many jaw dropping moments while reading, and I could not wait to share these revelations to anyone who would listen. I can not recommend this highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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