Book Review 2: “The Forest Unseen”

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The Forest Unseen 

by David George Haskell

Genre: Science & Nature

Have in the Library? Yes!

Review by Kathie Iannicellli 

I just finished reading a new book on the science and nature shelves at the library. THE FOREST UNSEEN/ A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell. The author writes about his visit to a single square meter which he calls his ‘mandala’ over the course of a year, near his home in Tennessee. Patient observation, meditation, and reverie combine in a very readable narrative, full of fascinating scientific facts and what they teach us about how the natural world maintains its rich and diverse balance. A review from the New York Times reads: “(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.” More science than poetry, but written to the nonscientist who is curious about the natural world. Highly recommended!!

 

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