The Forest Unseen

The Forest Unseen

A Year’s Watch in Nature

Format
ePub
Price
$12.99
 
Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101561065
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

A 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for General Nonfiction
Winner of the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies
A Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award
Winner of the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center

A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest
 
Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Biologist David George Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature’s path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life. Beginning with simple observations—a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter, the first blossom of spring wildflowers—Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology, ecology, and poetry, explaining the science binding together ecosystems that have cycled for thousands—sometimes millions—of years.

The Forest Unseen

The Forest Unseen

David George Haskell

Praise

"David Haskell trains his eye on a single square meter of 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!"

– Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

\"In the style of Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Thoreau, David Haskell has capture 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 tranquillity found through the study of nature.  A true naturalist’s manifesto."

– Greg Graffin, author of Anarchy Evolution
“[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

"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."

– E. O. Wilson, Harvard University

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