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Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature
     

Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

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by David Quammen
 

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In This We Are Native couples a passionate argument for saving wilderness with a breathtaking memoir of love and loss and rebirth. Smith unflinchingly tells of her young husband's final year (his death left her with four sons to raise alone); of her father's final months and days, decades later, and the familiar chasm of death's approach; and of mourning the beloved

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In This We Are Native couples a passionate argument for saving wilderness with a breathtaking memoir of love and loss and rebirth. Smith unflinchingly tells of her young husband's final year (his death left her with four sons to raise alone); of her father's final months and days, decades later, and the familiar chasm of death's approach; and of mourning the beloved landscape she has chosen as home, Montana's Blackfoot River Valley, with its unsurpassable beauty and unbearable fragility, when it is brutally clear-cut by big lumber.

But it is Smith's gift that In This We Are Native is a glorious celebration of life, transcending grief in language exacting and unsentimental. "Here is a woman to admire and love . . ." Annie Dillard wrote of Homestead. In a voice clear and true, Smith regales the joys of huckleberry gathering; the stealth of the mountain lion; the rejuvenation in an icy mountain river; and the immense satisfaction of intimacy with wildlands. She rejoices in the preciousness of lovers and family; the deep satisfaction of growing old in a place you love; and the pleasures of adventure abroad.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Quammen's collection of accessible science writing, much of which was originally published in Outside magazine, looks at subjects ranging from sex among the aphids to boredom among the crows. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393058055
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/17/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,205,018
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a John Burroughs Medal and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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mathism More than 1 year ago
Quammen's approach to science, while not at all distrusting, does not take anything for granted. This refreshing mixture of well-researched science and personal, emotional engagement makes for an enjoyable read. You will learn a few things as well.