Tim Traver’s Sippewissett is heir to a rich history of nature writing. Akin to classics like Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the book forms an eloquent bridge between ecology and memory, science and art. Traver alternates between remembrances of the Cape Cod salt marsh where he spent his boyhood summers and the history of Sippewissett, a place that has been studied by many of America’s great biologists, from Louis Agassiz to Rachel Carson.There is poetry in his retelling of the past, a childhood of mud and tides and water; there is great love in the peace and satisfaction he finds later in life fishing and clamming and watching his own children discover the secrets of the marsh. Traver manages to weave these personal details into mesmerizing historical passages and meditations on the ecology of place that read like whodunits; one discovery leads to another, from the most beautiful dance of life to more somber considerations, such as the way the marsh can tell us so much about our environmental crises.
Sippewissett is an intimate exploration of place by a man of science and strong family bonds. Here is one of ecology’s most studied places through the eyes of someone determined to make sense of its beauty and complexity - at once private and public - filled with poetry yet grounded in science, a place disappearing in the face of development and global climate change.
|Publisher:||Chelsea Green Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
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Author Tim Traver pulls you in from the very beginning with the poetic words he uses to capture an often overlooked aspect of life, salt marshes. A biography, the author talks about his childhood memories of spending summers in Mashpee, Cape Cod. This book is the easiest way to enjoy learning about different aspects of science and how salt marshes impact our lives without us even knowing. The book goes into detail on different things in nature such as birds, fish, microbes, oil and mud. The author shows the trials and tribulations of a salt marsh and how society is destroying them. The book also focuses on Woods Hole in Cape Cod. Traver talks about different scientists and what part they play in improving Sippewissett. Scientists include: Louis Agassiz, Lynn Margulis and many others. The premise of the book makes you realize not only the salt marsh but about the definition of home and how cherished your memories as a child are. The first chapter begins by giving you an overview on salt marshes and what role they play in the world. In each following chapter of the book he talks about what's going on in his life, or talks about his childhood experiences. Then, he relates science into it. The book really feels as if you were there studying the salt marsh with him. I would have to say I think the greatest accomplishment the author makes in writing this book is finding a way to incorporate his life, science, today¿s society and economy and the idea of what home is into the story. I learned a great deal from the book and I never found a dull moment because I was always learning something new. I¿ve really never learned so much and been so entertained at the same time. If you are a fan of science, the ocean, nature or just looking for a good read you are sure to love this book. Personally, the book captured my attention because I also spend my summers in Cape Cod so I made a connection with the author.