Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants

Natural Grace The Charm Wonder and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants From the interactive clockwork world of geology tides Northwest weather and snow to the hidden roles of dirt stream life and mosses and lichens Pulitzer Prize winning writer William Dietrich ex

  • Title: Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants
  • Author: WilliamDietrich Brenda Cunningham
  • ISBN: 9780295982939
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the interactive clockwork world of geology, tides, Northwest weather, and snow, to the hidden roles of dirt, stream life, and mosses and lichens, Pulitzer Prize winning writer William Dietrich explores the natural splendors of the Pacific Northwest His topics include alder and cedar jellyfish, geoducks, crabs, and killer whales mosquitoes and spiders gulls, crows,From the interactive clockwork world of geology, tides, Northwest weather, and snow, to the hidden roles of dirt, stream life, and mosses and lichens, Pulitzer Prize winning writer William Dietrich explores the natural splendors of the Pacific Northwest His topics include alder and cedar jellyfish, geoducks, crabs, and killer whales mosquitoes and spiders gulls, crows, and bald eagles and sea otters, coyotes, raccoons, possums, deer, and cougars.This informative and engaging selection of natural history essays is adapted from articles published in the Seattle Times magazine, Pacific Northwest A native Washingtonian, Dietrich has watched the Northwest double in population during his lifetime Our rapidly changing view of nature is an underlying theme throughout his wide ranging essays, as is the timely and essential question of how best to share and conserve the natural world that drew us to the region in the first place.Not a field guide nor an environmental policy book, Natural Grace is intended as a primer for people who are curious about the environment they live in and the pressures upon it We only care about what we know, says the author I ve concluded that enthusiasm and commitment begin from learning just how marvelous this region is Passion has to precede purpose And there is much to marvel over Dietrich has unearthed fascinating and unexpected facts about his subjects, and he has a gift for expressing complex information in clear and vivid language He asks intriguing questions and makes good use of interviews with Northwest scientists and experts to convey current and historic attitudes and economic realities, and to consider where we go from here.For information about the author go to http williamdietrich

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    About “WilliamDietrich Brenda Cunningham”

    1. WilliamDietrich Brenda Cunningham

      William Dietrich is a NY Times bestelling author of the Ethan Gage series of eight books which have sold into 28 languages He is also the author of six other adventure novels, several nonfiction works on the environmental history of the Pacific Northwest, and a contributor to several books.Bill was a career journalist, sharing a Pulitzer for national reporting at the Seattle Times for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill He taught environmental journalism at Huxley College, a division of Western Washington University, and was adviser to Planet Magazine there He was Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and received several National Science Foundation fellowships for reporting on science His travels have taken him from the South Pole to the Arctic, and from the Dead Sea to the base camp of Mount Everest The traveling informs his books He lives in Anacortes, WA, in the San Juan islands, and is a fan of books, movies, history, science, and the outdoors.

    577 thoughts on “Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants”

    1. Aw. I liked this book an awful lot. It's not humongously rigorous, but I still learned a lot, and aw, it's just sweet. It's not a super good in-depth look at anything, but it's a great overview, a fast read, or something you can just pick up and read a few pages of at a time.


    2. These essays are a delight to read. Informative and entertaining, they offer a fabulous introduction to the many marvels of the Pacific Northwest. Mosses, jellyfish, tides, sea otters, alders, spiders, dirt, geoducks, weather, and lots more.


    3. A book that inspires and encourages personal growth by “… arguing that we risk losing something profoundly worthwhile.” What I liked the most is the way Dietrich gathers in his writing style so many things all at once: emotions, descriptions, humor, and warmth giving us an engaging collection of essays in which detailed observations, facts, imagination, and feelings blend meaningfully and beautifully. I had such a great time reading this book!“Some animals are beautiful, some comic, and [...]


    4. This started out as a 4 star, but dropped to 3 for some occasional bits of what I call "cutsy writing." See the opening passage on mosquitos for example. He is a magazine writer so perhaps some lapses into cutesy is to be expected. What is delightful about this book is that it explores common plants and animals of the Pacific Northwest in short, easy to read essays. I read the whole thing in one sitting sick in bed. These were all plants and animals and geological formations I was familiar with [...]


    5. I like this book. In this collection of essays first published in the Pacific Northwest magazine of the Seattle Times, Dietrich has taken a close look at many aspects of natural Northwest life that we don’t usually pay much attention to. He gives us the science and the romance in a way that non-scientists can understand and enjoy. Chapters cover critters like jellyfish, deer, cougars, gulls and racoons, as well as dirt, snow, moss, mosquitoes, snow, tides, crabs, killer whales and more. He cle [...]


    6. I loved this collection of essays about animals and plants of the Pacific Northwest. Living here on the Olympic Peninsula, and exploring the beauty of the forests and Puget Sound, I've noticed and wondered about certain trees and creatures. Science writer William Dietrich gathered stories and facts about the crabs, the deer, the cedars, and other plentiful species and wrote short and lovely essays that were gathered into this book.


    7. I very much enjoyed this book and it's emphasis on Pacific Northwest icons. It was easy to read chapter by chapter but I found myself wanting to keep on reading and reading and also wanting to savor it and make the book last. This is exactly the accessible and charming little book that I needed to read right now.


    8. I loved Dietrich's style. This was a fun book, even though I read it for a class. It can be read in short little segments, and if anyone is interested in learning about the natural world of the Pacific Northwest, I think this would be a good intro, and it might help you figure out what subjects you would like to delve into more deeply.


    9. Loved this book. It's full of little essays about all the things the Northwest is full of. I was hooked after the first one on Jellyfish! Our ecosystem is amazing! Highly recommend it for a little reminder that we don't exist in a vacuum.


    10. A light read focusing on some of the iconic flora and fauna of the northwest, probably less interesting if you're a student of natural history already. Because of the essay format it is easy to pick up, read a few pages and put down, or skip around.


    11. This is a collection of essays from former Seattle Times science and environmental reporter Bill Dietrich. He is currently teaching environmental journalism at Western Washington University. The man is a native Washingtonian and he is smart and insightful. Read him.


    12. A delightful collection of essays in an eminently readable style. I used this with my students (middle school) in a Washington State History course and they all enjoyed it as well.




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