Linda Underhill is the author of The Unequal Hours: Moments of Being in the Natural World. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Fourth Genre, Under the Sun, ISLE, and the Pennsylvania Review. She is former Chairperson of the Humanities at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and is currently a Visiting Professor of English at Gettysburg College. She lives in Wellsville, New York.
The Way of the Woods: Journeys Through American Forestsby Linda Underhill
In The Way of the Woods, Linda Underhill explores some of our nation�s most important forests, from the magnificent old-growth groves of Cook Forest in Western Pennsylvania to the endangered hemlock forests of the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, from the giant sequoias of the Sierra Mountains in California to the rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Along the way, she also walks in ordinary woodlands, state parks, private nature preserves, and the woods surrounding her family cabin in western New York. Part memoir, part travelogue, and part meditation, The Way of the Woods examines the ways in which forests and woodlands contribute to the life and health of the planet. Each of the forests Underhill visits has a story to tell, and each of the lyrical narratives she relates about her journeys reveals an insight about forest conservation, including the importance of preserving old growth and wildlife habitat, the significance of urban forests, the role of fire in the regeneration of forests, and the ways that forests and woodlands inspire us with a sense of the sacred. Together, these stories provide the reader with many reasons to be concerned about the fate of our forests. Anyone intrigued by the beauty and mystery of the American landscape will find something to enjoy in The Way of the Woods.
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Nothing but jiberish,in my opion its nothing more than the ramblings of a burnouts mind , psychotic,onset dimentia or altimers, a waste of time.I fought to finish the book wanting to throw it in the bin,the author could not stay on subject.
What a Load of garbage,I had to read this for a school report. Nothing but ramblings about nothing.It's as if you had to spend the day in the woods listing to an old hippy talk about trees.It was just weird and boring.
Wow, this book is an absolute "must read" for all of us who wonder at the Natural World we were given. I lived near, and visited a number of these forests. It was as if Linda Underhill took me by the hand and - in my mind's eye - I was back on the trails and paths, standing at shorelines, seeing vistas, smelling the earth, getting sticky fingers from maple sap and tree resin, walking through light and dark with abundance and introspection, but this time with a gentle knowledgeable guide. Her narration, insight and love of our forests are apparent on every page. I am thankful that I could take this journey with her. "The Way of the Woods" -- 140 pages: Small enough to carry along, but big enough to keep in one's library for reference, remembrance and understanding of our way of life among the forests in our land.