I search the web for others' takes on nature writing, so why not offer my own? I hope you'll respond. Here's more on the blog philosophy.

May 7, 2007

What do you suggest?

I hope you'll recommend books I haven't reviewed or aspects of nature writing I haven't discussed.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your lovely writing about nature writing, Anna Mills. Could you please take a look at "Stirring the Mud" by Barbara Hurd, an author from Maryland. It's a collection of essays about swamps, bogs, imagination, etc, very well written, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

A book I enjoyed was A Dream Like Mine by M.T. Kelly

TR Ryan said...

"The Anthropology of Turquoise" also by Meloy is divine. A little less caustic and weird.

Barbara Kingsolver's "Small Wonders" has earned a place on the shelf forever.

Anonymous said...

I was turned on to your site via your review of Gessner. I think you'd appreciate this book: Interpretive Work, by Elizabeth Bradfield. Here's a link to a review in the SF Chronicle to give you an idea of what it's about: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/06/RVJ2V519N.DTL
Bradfield is a naturalist and poet in conversation with nature writing in a cranky, passionate and smart way. As a small press book, it would really appreciate a review!

Daylight365 said...


Here is a treasure of Alaskan derived humor. Doug Fine wrote NOT REALLY AN ALASKAN MOUNTAIN MAN, a fabulous "nature comedy".

Reeni said...

To read many voices on nature "Wildbranch An Anthology of Nature and Place-based Writing" editied by Florence Caplow and Susan A. Cohen. All contributors were, at one time or another, part of the Wildbranch Writing Workshops cosponsored by Orion Magazine and Sterling College. Good stuff.

Matt said...

Hi, Anna

Have you noticed Sally Carrighar's error regarding the leafhopper in the lizard chapter in "Beetle Rock"? See if you can find it in the short paragraph where it is mentioned. Let me know what you find. It's quite a serious error and makes me wonder how good a naturalist she was. Am I being too sever?

Matt Cormons (cormnons@intercom.net)