A Year in the Forest

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Two excellent books from my winter reading which, coincidentally, deal with spending a calendar year in the forest.

A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich 1994

This is a very personal account of a year Heinrich spent in his rural Maine cabin in the early 1990s.

The subject material is timeless and his style gives you a glimpse into his life along with his observations throughout the year.

And he's a character!

Very readable.

And if you like his style, he's prolific with over 10 titles covering a variety of nature titles (and one on running, go figure)

The Forest Unseen by David Haskell (2012)

Haskell uses 43 short chapters to describe his observations in a 1 metre square patch of old growth forest in Tennessee from January 1 until December 31st.

Sounds boring?  Anything but.

His observations are extremely insightful and often lead to much larger subjects than what is directly in front of him.  A wordsmith, its beautifully written.

I eagerly looked forward to each new chapter and I was a little sad when I finally reached the end.  The good news is that he has a new book coming out in April that will be available at our local library.

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