Elements of environmentalism and urban and regional planning inform Hiss's on-site responses to Manhattan landmarks, Maine's north woods, Great Britain's protected landscapes and Frankfurt's open spaces. ``His revelatory odyssey is an invitation to stop, look, linger--and preserve what is life-enhancing in the environment,'' said PW. Illustrated. (Oct.)
Hiss, a writer for The New Yorker (where portions of this will appear), passionately believes that ``the places where we spend our time affect the people we are and can become.'' Here he explores psychological attitudes toward physical environments--parks, farms, and cities. Concerned about the debilitating effects of overdevelopment and urban sprawl on both the individual and collective psyche, he draws on innovative thinkers like Frederick Law Olmsted and Benton MacKaye to find practical suggestions for rethinking current environmental problems. This ambitious and caring essay speaks to a generation of Americans who hunger not only to save but enhance the Earth. For all but the smallest libraries. --Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla.