Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawnby Hannah Holmes
The suburban lawn sprouts a crop of contradictory myths. To some, its a green oasis; to others, its eco-purgatory. Science writer Hannah Holmes spent a year appraising the lawn through the eyes of the squirrels, crows, worms, and spiders who think of her backyard as their own. Suburban Safari is a fascinating and often hilarious record of her discoveries: that/i>… See more details below
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The suburban lawn sprouts a crop of contradictory myths. To some, its a green oasis; to others, its eco-purgatory. Science writer Hannah Holmes spent a year appraising the lawn through the eyes of the squirrels, crows, worms, and spiders who think of her backyard as their own. Suburban Safari is a fascinating and often hilarious record of her discoveries: that many animals adore the suburban environment, including bears and cougars venturing in from the woods; how plants, in their struggle for dominance, communicate with their own kind and battle other species; and that ways already exist for us to grow healthier, livelier lawns.
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Hannah Holmes is the author of The Secret Life of Dust. Her science and travel writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Sierra, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. She lives in Maine.
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I really enjoyed 95% of this book, I think it is worth the read. The only part I didn't enjoy was a long L O N G legnthy....did I mention LONG account of the ice age polar cap creation of Maine...extremely boring, mostly off topic of the book, and way too detailed. The book loses its continuity at that point, but if you can make it past that, it does pick up again for the most part. My over all opinion would be , The book starts out good and declines slowly after about the middle.
An engaging look at the exotic habits of the plants and animals in your own backyard. "Cheeky" the chipmunk and "Yawp" the crow are just a few of the winsome neighbors you'll meet along the way. (Bonus fact: It turns out that my low maintenance approach to lawn maintenance isn't laziness; I am cultivating a Freedom Lawn.