"Ben Kessler is that rarest and most precious of writers, one whose every word is formed and informed by a profound love of the natural world, one whose loyalty is undeniably with the world that is our and everyone else's only home. And he's a hell of a writer. Please read this book, and then put the book away and go outside, transformed." - Derrick Jensen, author of "The Myth of Human Supremacy"
"'The entire ancient earth thinks prodigiously / and the murmur of its great trees grows.' Rilke's lines kept nudging me as I pored over this manuscript. By the time I reached the end, I had the eerie sense that Kessler, a recovering biologist, was somehow channeling Thoreau ('Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?'), Loren Eiseley ('I was water and the unspeakable alchemies that gestate and take shape in water.') and the towering, brilliant indignation of Edward Abbey. I don't normally hold with resurrections, but I'm making an exception with Ben Kessler. Abbey is back." - Calvin Luther Martin, author of "The Way of the Human Being"
BEN KESSLER is or was a schoolteacher, field biologist, gardener, activist, painter, and nurseryman. He lives in a little hollow in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia.