by Jay Amberg


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937484002
Publisher: Amika Press
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Jay Amberg is the author of eleven books. He received a BA from Georgetown University and a PhD from Northwestern University. He has taught high school and college students since 1972. Contact him at


Four introspective, first-person memoirs from flora and fauna of the Earth as part of an ecologically minded call toward understanding the fragile web of life.

Amberg gives voices to a group of redwood trees on the Pacific Coast, a monarch butterfly migrating to Mexico, a female wolf navigating her family through an Arctic winter and a sperm whale evaluating his life as he floats through the ocean. Scientifically accurate details make it clear that the author has done his research on each species' ethology and habitat...the stories' beauty and harshness inspire readers into action...the nonhuman psychologies have an easy, natural flow and grace to them, and they often achieve a strong emotional impact...

An inspiring call to action...

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Cycle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Uniquely told from a first person perspective, Cycle is a compilation of four different stories.  Narrated by a ring of Redwood trees, a Monarch butterfly, a mother wolf, and a whale, each respective story offers insight into the wonders of nature around us.  Each life-form is confronted by threats of harm while realizing its purpose in the grand scheme on this earth. Author Jay Amberg's use of eloquent prose, combined with interesting facts and thought-provoking insight, help make this compelling book one that will appeal to many, especially those with an affinity for nature.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers Favorite “The Cycle” by Jay Amberg is a very different, but very interesting, type of book. I am not sure how to classify it, but I think it should be required reading for a lot of people, from students to corporate CEO’s. The 'Cycle' Jay is writing about is, in its simplest form, the life cycle. But it is also much more than that, expanding its frame of reference to include the planetary cycle of existence. It is a book told in four parts, from the perspective of a Redwood tree, a Monarch butterfly, a Wolf pack and a Sperm whale. Each of these diverse perspectives begins at birth, of either the narrating organism, or its offspring. As they narrate their “typical” lives, they also relate evolutionarily recent intrusions into their lives, which have had, or are having, a negative impact on their respective existences. The Redwood tree discusses the “recent” sound of chainsaws drawing nearer to it each year, although it does not know they are chainsaws. It DOES know post-storm runoff has become more violent and dirty each year, to the point of undercutting some of its kin. The Monarch begins as an egg, and narrates it entire life cycle up to the point at which it migrates to its wintering grounds in a Mexican forest, only to find that the forest is no longer there. The Wolf matriarch’s tale is by far the longest, beginning with her having just given birth to another litter. She relates all the hardships they encounter, including the death of a high percentage of the pups she has birthed during her reproductive life span. Intrusions by a “giant black bird” (actually a helicopter) impact the clan by discharging scientists who study them. Finally, the Sperm whale concludes the story by expressing how human interaction over the past several hundred years has had escalating impacts on not just Sperm whales, but on the ocean itself, and even the planet as a whole. This book is not fiction, beyond the talking trees and animals. However, the message of the book is an important one which we humans all need to become aware of. I highly recommend this book for all who intend to spend their life on planet Earth.