The Wood for the Trees

The Wood for the Trees

One Man's Long View of Nature

Book - 2016
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From the author of Earth: An Intimate History, an exuberant "biography" of four acres of woodland, evoking a cosmos of living and inanimate things and imagining its millennia of existence

A few years ago, award-winning scientist Richard Fortey purchased four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. The Wood for the Trees is the joyful, lyrical portrait of what he found there.

With one chapter for each month, we move through the seasons: tree felling in January, moth hunting in June, finding golden mushrooms in September. Fortey, along with the occasional expert friend, investigates the forest top to bottom, discovering a new species and explaining the myriad connections that tie us to nature and nature to itself. His textured, evocative prose and gentle humor illuminate the epic story of a small forest. But he doesn't stop at mere observation. The Wood for the Trees uses the forest as a springboard back through time, full of rich and unexpected tales of the people, plants, and animals that once called the land home. With Fortey's help, we come to see a universe in miniature.

Baker & Taylor
Traces a year in the author's four-acre woodland property in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England, where he discovered a new species and explored the myriad connections in the natural world and how they reflect history and humanity's role in the universe.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Earth: An Intimate History traces a year in his four-acre woodland property in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England, where he discovered a new species and explored the myriad connections in the natural world and how they reflect history and our role in the universe.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781101875759
Branch Call Number: 577.3 FOR 2016
Characteristics: pages cm

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Jul 15, 2017

Delightful ~ Delightful - could be the sub.sub.title of this book. It's so fresh and kind and real and interesting (times 10!). Felt I was there with the author - walking through his beloved woods. It's historical, botanical, anecdotal ... just yummy.

tscpl_JennyJ Feb 10, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! Provides new lenses to view the world through.

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