Reviews and Blog Posts: nature

Nature noir : a park ranger's patrol in the Sierra

by Jordan Fisher Smith

Reviewer Rating:
5

Nature Noir, A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra, is one part Edward Abbey and one part Elmore Leonard. I picked it up because I enjoy behind-the-scenes books about our national parks.

Jordan Fisher Smith was tasked with patrolling the canyons of California's American River, which has long been slated to...

Falling into place : an intimate geography of home

by Catherine Reid

Reviewer Rating:
4

A lovely book of essays that examine our connection to nature, the cycle of the seasons, and the meaning of home. Reid writes about the natural landscape and her inner landscape with equal attention to deal and joy at discovery. A beautiful book to delve into if you're missing natural...

Neil deGrasse Tyson is back!

oh my gosh he's back!

I’m not sure about you, but I miss seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson on NOVA. Good news! He revamped Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and it is airing on Fox (KDVR 31) starting this Sunday at 8. It’s been a great year and a half for science documentaries and books, so if you need more geek in your week, here’s a list:

Some of my current favorite documentaries:

Ubiquitous : celebrating nature's survivors

by Joyce Sidman

Reviewer Rating:
5

Brightly and beautifully illustrated, this poetry book includes a poem to one of nature’s survivors on one page and a scientific explanation on the opposite page. The author and illustrator begin with bacteria and end with humans 4.6 billion years later. Along the way, we meet mollusks, lichens, sharks, beetles,...

Acorn

by Yōko Ono

Reviewer Rating:
4

Much has been said about Yoko Ono, but I quite enjoyed the simplicity of this poetry collection. The straightforward instruction pieces force you to slow down and examine the world around you in a new way--a way that is somehow less complicated but more profound. The pointillism sketches provide a...

A Part

by Wendell Berry

Reviewer Rating:
3

This was my first foray into Wendell Berry's vast catalog.  A meditator on the natural and spiritual, Berry writes with an intimacy that goes beyond simple musings about the color of leaves or a distant God.  These poems have a rich, living feel that can only come from someone who...

The truth of me : about a boy, his grandmother, and a very good dog

by Patricia MacLachlan

Reviewer Rating:
4

 Robbie cannot relate to his parents who are, again, off touring around the world with their music ensemble. Each summer Robbie looks forward to spending time with his Grandmother, Maddy.  Robbie and Maddy have a very close relationship with each other and with nature. They both enjoy spending time in...

Dog Songs

by Mary Oliver

Reviewer Rating:
5

I'll admit--I picked up this book just seeing Mary Oliver's name, and not the title (and somehow missing the dog on the cover). When I got around to looking at it again, and saw that it was all poems about dogs, it made me even happier. Oliver has a way...

The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is an ode to passion and eccentricity. The film follows formerly homeless musician Mark Bittner and chronicles how his life changed once he became the informal ward of a flock of wild parrots. Bittner's devotion to the animals and his intimate knowledge of their...

Fire season : field notes from a wilderness lookout

by Philip Connors

Reviewer Rating:
4

Excellent mix of humble biography, meditations on nature, and brief history on the forest service and fire suppression (which was particularly interested with the tragic fires we had last summer).

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