Reading List

Monday, February 05, 2018

Favs from this winter
Winter is my reading time.  My pace is very slow so I need many evenings on the couch to make progress.  And those long evenings are a perk of winter :-)

Four I've read, one I cherry-picked and one is on the Todo list:

The Wolf - A true story that reads like a novel about the reintroduction of wolves at Yellowstone.  The most engaging book I've read in a long time, the author tells the story from the perspective of the wolves, conservationists and pro-hunting communities.

H is for Hawk - In a very personal account, the author trains a hawk as therapy for dealing with the sudden death of her father.   It took about 50 pages to get into the flow but I quite enjoyed her journey.

Woodchips & Beans - Life in the Early Lumber Woods of Nova Scotia - The introduction in this book is the best summary I've seen of the forest industry in Nova Scotia since the Europeans arrived.  I also scanned the section about Lunenburg County.  Dang they worked hard!

Forests of Nova Scotia - Often referenced as 'the bible' and indeed, it covers a lot of topics.  It reads like a textbook for a first year university course.  However, it struck me how things have changed in the 20 years since the book was written.  Two examples were the author's claim that some things are good for the forest, some are bad and other are neutral.  For the neutral example he cited birds.  He also saw the Mi'kmaq influence as minor.  'Understanding' evolves.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - I'm halfway thru this one.  I have a whole new appreciation for invasive species and how they can alter an eco-system.  Also, the Great Lakes are pretty amazing!

The Nature Fix - 'Living with nature' is a current hot button as evidenced by the number of retreats that will gladly take your money to go for a walk in the woods.  The author takes a sceptical view of the 'health benefits' and tries to come to grips with the science.  Based on the title, I'm thinking the science probably supports walks in the woods :-)

That's my list.  Have you read any good ones this winter?

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