A Year in the Maine Woods

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Heinrich has developed a wide following with such classics as Ravens in Winter and Bumblebee Economics. A Year in the Maine Woods is a more personal book, propelled by the kind of restlessness that usually sends writers trekking across continents. Rather than hitting the open road, though, Heinrich looks for answers to life's questions in the unexpected richness of one small place, a few green acres along Alder Brook just east of the Presidential Mountains, which he intends to ...
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Overview

Heinrich has developed a wide following with such classics as Ravens in Winter and Bumblebee Economics. A Year in the Maine Woods is a more personal book, propelled by the kind of restlessness that usually sends writers trekking across continents. Rather than hitting the open road, though, Heinrich looks for answers to life's questions in the unexpected richness of one small place, a few green acres along Alder Brook just east of the Presidential Mountains, which he intends to discover in exquisite detail.
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Roland Wulbert
The journal is the form of choice for the neophyte would-be Thoreau. Heinrich is anything but a neophyte, and his journal is far more satisfying. It is what was once called "natural history"--scientific observation by a talented amateur with the "capacity to wonder," who "can spend hours per day wondering about 'useless' things, like the tri-partite feather vane on an arrow (rather than one blade for a wing), like how a samara twirls in the wind." Effusions like that arrive after pages of meticulous, lyrical, tough-minded description. Heinrich's accounts of, say, climax forest equilibrium or building an outhouse are clinically scientific or pragmatic as an instruction manual, yet they rouse in us a sense of wonder and a desire to be there, alone in the woods, experiencing what he does, and believing that we could. (We forget he's a professor of zoology.) Some chapters are essays with morals, some reveal Heinrich's personal life, and those about his relationship with a young raven he names Jack deserve to be anthologized widely.
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Quirky, unassuming, humorous, enlightening, and just a little bizarre...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201622522
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: William Patrick Ser.
  • Pages: 258

Meet the Author

Bernd Heinrich is the author of numerous book, including Ravens in Winter and Bumblebee Economics, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He is professor of zoology at the University of Vermont.

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