The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

by David George Haskell

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ISBN-13: 9780143122944
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 61,674
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. He is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow. His 2012 book The Forest Unseen was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and won the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, the National Outdoor Book Award, and the Reed Environmental Writing Award.  Along with his scholarly research, he has published essays, op-eds, and poetry.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

January 1st-Partnerships 1

January 17th—Kepler's Gift 8

January 21st—The Experiment 12

January 30th—Winter Plants 21

February 2nd—Footprints 25

February 16th—Moss 35

February 28th—Salamander 41

March 13th—Hepatica 46

March 13th—Snails 51

March 25th—Spring Ephemerals 54

April 2nd—Chainsaw 63

April 2nd—Flowers 68

April 8th—Xylem 73

April 14th—Moth 78

April 16th—Sunrise Birds 81

April 22nd—Walking Seeds 86

April 29th—Earthquake 93

May 7th—Wind 97

May 18th—Herbivory 102

May 25th—Ripples 109

June 2nd—Quest 117

June 10th—Ferns 122

June 20th—A Tangle 127

July 2nd—Fungi 131

July 13th—Fireflies 137

July 27th—Sunfleck 141

August 1st-Eft and Coyote 147

August 8th—Earthstar 156

August 26th—Katydid 160

September 21st—Medicine 164

September 23rd—Caterpillar 169

September 23rd—Vulture 174

September 26th—Migrants 180

October 5th—Alarm Waves 184

October 14th—Samara 188

October 29th—Faces 194

November 5th—Light 199

November 15th—Sharp-shinned Hawk 207

November 21st—Twigs 213

December 3rd—Litter 222

December 6th—Underground Bestiary 230

December 26th—Treetops 236

December 31st—Watching 239

Epilogue 243

Acknowledgments 247

Bibliography 249

Index 261

What People are Saying About This

Greg Graffin

 “In the style of Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Thoreau, David Haskell has captured the beauty and intricacy of evolution in these pages. For those who are looking for inspiration to spend more time in the wild, this book is the perfect companion. Haskell’s vast knowledge of the forest and all its creatures is the perfect guide to exploring wilderness. The prose is a perfect match for the poetic tranquility found through the study of nature. A true naturalist’s manifesto.” 

E. O. Wilson

"Haskell leads the reader into a new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry, in which the invisible appear, the small grow large, and the immense complexity and beauty of life are more clearly revealed."

From the Publisher


"[Haskell] thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist." --The New York Times

Edward O. Wilson

 “Haskell leads the reader into a new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry, in which the invisible appear, the small grow large, and the immense complex and beauty of life are more clearly revealed.”

Bill McKibben

 "David Haskell trains his eye on a single square meter of the Cumberland Plateau, and manages in the process to see the whole living planet as clearly as any writer in many years. Each chapter will teach you something new!"

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The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always fascinated with the complexity of nature of which we are unaware. This book provided so much information of which I was previously ignorant. It is a great book
MatthewK17815 More than 1 year ago
I think this book will stand the test of time as one of the true classics in nature writing. The author not only discusses with absolutely beautiful writing the natural history of a small patch of old growth forest in South Carolina, but he also ties everything together majestically, showing how intricate the web of life is and how all it's components affect all of it's others. Rarely have I felt this awed and amazed at the natural life of soil and leaf litter nor have I felt so humbled by man's place in the natural order. All this the author achieves with utmost beauty and poetry. A very remarkable book, one which I would recommend without reservation to anyone with an interest or passion for the natural world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book about the natural world near my hometown, but was stunned to read his supposedly eyewitness account of maple seeds helicoptering down in October. Every child knows they drop in spring. Or ask anyone with a gutter. Then there is the account of an earthquake registering 4.9 on the Richter scale. An easy search at the USGS shows no such event happened. The closer one looks at the book, the more problematic it becomes. The two tall tales described above are inexcusable. What problems, one wonders, are in the more complex passages that are more difficult to check?
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newyorkerfan More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished it yet. It is a book to savor. It may end up a five star.