Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

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In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Wall Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.
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Overview

In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Wall Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.
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The best science books offer not only detailed scientific knowledge but also good writing and insights into much wider aspects of nature and life. Kimmerer, a botany professor who is also a Native American and a mother, strings together a series of essays teaching us about a fascinating, if humble and neglected, group of plants. Individual narratives are built around her own experiences related to mosses, both as a professional scientist and as a woman exploring her personal environment. She deftly interweaves her different viewpoints but avoids sentimentality and confusing the different "ways of knowing." We learn a good deal about mosses and their ecology as well as gain many insights into how larger ecological systems work and how human intervention has damaged them. Featuring informative and delicate black-and-white drawings of mosses, this gem of a book is recommended for most public and academic natural history collections.-Marit MacArthur Taylor, Auraria Lib., Denver Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870714993
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 183,368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Seeing the World Through Moss-Colored Glasses
The Standing Stones 1
Learning to See 7
The Advantages of Being Small: Life in the Boundary Layer 14
Back to the Pond 21
Sexual Asymmetry and the Satellite Sisters 29
An Affinity for Water 35
Binding Up the Wounds: Mosses in Ecological Succession 44
In the Forest of the Waterbear 52
Kickapoo 62
Choices 69
A Landscape of Chance 82
City Mosses 91
The Web of Reciprocity: Indigenous Uses of Moss 100
The Red Sneaker 111
Portrait of Splachnum 121
The Owner 125
The Forest Gives Thanks to the Mosses 141
The Bystander 151
Straw Into Gold 156
Suggestions for Further Reading 163
Index 166
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    This is a beautifully written book that describes the world of m

    This is a beautifully written book that describes the world of mosses in a very enjoyable way.  

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