Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land

Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land

by Janisse Ray
     
 

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Janisse Ray, award-winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt, writes an evocative paean to wildness and wilderness restoration with an extraordinary journey into southern Georgia's Pinhook Swamp.

Pinhook Swamp acts as a vital watershed and wildlife corridor, a link between the great southern wildernesses of

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Janisse Ray, award-winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt, writes an evocative paean to wildness and wilderness restoration with an extraordinary journey into southern Georgia's Pinhook Swamp.

Pinhook Swamp acts as a vital watershed and wildlife corridor, a link between the great southern wildernesses of Okefenokee Swamp and Osceola National Forest. Together Okefenokee, Osceola, and Pinhook form one of the largest expanse of protected wild land east of the Mississippi River. This is one of America's last truly wild places, and Pinhook takes us into its heart.

Ray comes to know Pinhook intimately as she joins the fight to protect it, spending the night in the swamp, tasting honey made from its flowers, tracking wildlife, and talking to others about their relationship with the swamp. Ray sees Pinhook through the eyes of the people who live there--naturalists, beekeepers, homesteaders, hunters, and locals at the country store. In lyrical, down-home prose, she draws together the swamp's need for restoration and the human desire for wholeness and wildness in our own lives and landscapes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The author of the American Book Award-winning Ecology of a Cracker Childhood celebrates South Georgia's humble Pinhook Swamp in an impassioned and poetic account of the area's environmental fragmentation and its subsequent restoration. The swamp, "170,000 acres of dreary dismal... too deep for a human to wade in, too shallow for a boat to draw," and populated by flies and mosquitoes, is the corridor connecting the Okefenokee Swamp with Osceola National Park. Most of its acres have now been purchased and protected, but environmentalists' work, Ray warns, is not finished yet. In impressionistic, lyrical chapters, Ray meditates on the meaning of silence ("Silence is the ghost of the panther" that used to populate Pinhook), the animals of the area (black bears, bees, frogs) and the people dedicated to saving it. She also includes poems, a Native American blessing and italicized reflections on the land's fragmentation ("the separation of habitat in a landscape... chopping a wild place into pieces") by roads, logging, mining and developments. Her moving book is a tribute to a small but crucial wild place and a call for readers to help preserve it and others like it. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This is the tale of south Georgia's Pinhook Swamp and how it was purchased to form one vast stretch of publicly owned wilderness in the southeastern United States by connecting the Okefenokee Swamp and Osceola National Forest. It is also the story of landscape fragmentation, with development having left only isolated pockets of land too small to support viable wildlife populations. Some believe that this fragmentation is now the most serious threat to biological diversity in the United States. Ray, an activist and naturalist, describes how a citizens' grassroots effort managed to save the Pinhook. Short, often disconnected chapters and fragments of narrative emphasize the theme of fragmentation. Readers should not expect a sequel to Ray's delightful Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wildcard Quilt-this is less personal. Still, many will enjoy her warm, engaging style. Although this work discusses some general ecological principles, the focus may be too narrow for all but regional collections.-Maureen J. Delaney-Lehman, Lake Superior State Univ. Lib., Sault Ste. Marie, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Pinhook is a wonderful book, fierce and loving, defiant and joyful. It is a necessary book on the necessary topic of protecting and restoring wildlands, on helping our wild neighbors and the land to survive the death march that is the dominant culture."--Derrick Jensen, author of The Culture of Make Believe and A Language Older Than Words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603581684
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
File size:
461 KB

Meet the Author

Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is a seed-saver, seed-exchanger, and seed-banker, and has gardened for twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including The Seed Underground, Pinhook and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a New York Times Notable Book. Ray is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry, a Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, an American Book Award, the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters.

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