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Wolves and Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World

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Susan Brind Morrow brings her singular sensibility as a classicist and linguist to this strikingly original reflection on the fine but resilient threads that bind humans to the natural world. Anchored in the emblematic experiences of a trapper and a beekeeper, Wolves and Honey explores the implications of their very different relationships to the natural world, while illuminating Morrows own poignant experience of the lives and tragic deaths of these men who deeply influenced her.

Ultimately for Morrow these two — the tracker and trapper of wolves, the keeper of bees — are a touchstone for a memoir of the land itself, the rich soil of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. From the ancient myth of the Tree of Life to the mysterious reappearance of wolves in the New York wilderness, from the inner life of the word nectar, whose Greek root (that which overcomes death) reveals our most fundamental experience of wonder, to the surprising links between the physics of light and the chemistry of sweetness, Morrows richly evocative writing traces startling historical, scientific, and metaphorical resonances.

Wolves and Honey, attuned to the connections among various realms of culture and nature, time and language, jolts us into thinking anew about our sometimes neglected but always profound relationship to the natural world.

Review:

"One seeks for words worthy of the authenticity and intimacy of this beautiful book. It is a treasury of perceptions, tender and unsparing, of our planetary existence; a sensual affinity with all that grows, flourishes, and dies — conveyed in a clear voice unlike any other." Shirley Hazzard

Review:

"Beautifully crafted prose...trac[es] the rich histories of two men — one a beekeeper, the other a trapper... One of those rare nature books that mixes a perfect combination of personal insight and historical depth." USA Today

Review:

"A riveting compendium of observations from a very curious, very interesting mind...Morrow manages paragraphs as poets manage line breaks." Boston Globe

Review:

"So venerably beautiful it makes your teeth ache." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A meditation on the outdoors that evokes 'the smell of damp earth, the sweetness of maples and pines . . . as though it were freedom itself.'" The New Yorker

Synopsis:

One seeks for words worthy of the authenticity and intimacy of this beautiful book. It is a treasury of perceptions, tender and unsparing, of our planetary existence; a sensual affinity with all that grows, flourishes, and dies--conveyed in a clear voice unlike any other." — Shirley Hazzard

An arresting reflection on the human relationship with nature, Wolves and Honey is grounded in the exploration of two eccentric personalities — one a trapper, the other a beekeeper — and their very different attitudes toward the world. While illuminating her own poignant relationships with these men who deeply influenced her, Susan Brind Morrow offers a meditation on the land itself — specifically, the rich and storied Finger Lakes region of New York. Keenly attuned to unexpected scientific, historical, and metaphorical connections, Morrow's writing provides a strikingly original perspective on the fine but resilient threads that bind us all to the natural world.

"Beautifully crafted prose . . . trac[es] the rich histories of two men — one a beekeeper, the other a trapper . . . One of those rare nature books that mixes a perfect combination of personal insight and historical depth." — USA Today

"A riveting compendium of observations from a very curious, very interesting mind . . . Morrow manages paragraphs as poets manage line breaks." — Boston Globe

"A meditation on the outdoors that evokes 'the smell of damp earth, the sweetness of maples and pines . . . as though it were freedom itself.'" — The New Yorker

"So venerably beautiful it makes your teeth ache." — Kirkus Reviews

Susan Brind Morrow is the author of The Names of Things.

Synopsis:

An arresting reflection on the human relationship with nature, Wolves and Honey is grounded in the exploration of two eccentric personalities — one a trapper, the other a beekeeper — and their very different attitudes toward the world. While illuminating her own poignant relationships with these men who deeply influenced her, Susan Brind Morrow offers a meditation on the land itself — specifically, the rich and storied Finger Lakes region of New York. Keenly attuned to unexpected scientific, historical, and metaphorical connections, Morrow's writing provides a strikingly original perspective on the fine but resilient threads that bind us all to the natural world.

Synopsis:

A delightful and surprising reflection on the complexities of the human relationship with nature, Wolves and Honey is a wonderful blend of nature writing and memoir grounded in the exploration of two eccentric personalities — one a trapper, the other a beekeeper — and their very different attitudes toward the world.

While illuminating her own poignant relationships with these men who deeply influenced her, Susan Brind Morrow offers a meditation on the land itself — specifically, the rich and storied Finger Lakes region of New York. From the history of apple-growing in America to the myth of the Tree of Life, Morrow's writing makes sociological, linguistic, and metaphorical connections that provide a strikingly original reflection on the fine but resilient threads that bind humans to the natural world.

About the Author

Susan Brind Morrow is the author of The Names of Things. A classicist, linguist, and translator of ancient Egyptian as well as contemporary Arabic poetry, she lives in Chatham, New York.

Table of Contents

Contents

1. The Wood Duck 1 2. The Tree of Light 10 3. Hector 21 4. Gary 44 5. An Atmosphere of Sweetness 63 6. Bees 85 7. The Silver Forest 108

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Laura Moe, July 14, 2009 (view all comments by Laura Moe)
A wonderful relfection that weaves nature and human story to demonstrate how everything connects. well-written and interesting. I especially enjoyed the section about bees. what fascinating creatures bees are. If you are a fan of Diane Ackerman or Aldo Leopold you will enjoy this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618619207
Author:
Morrow, Susan Brind
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
New York (State) History
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Line drawings throughout
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.52x5.54x.33 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 144 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618619207 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One seeks for words worthy of the authenticity and intimacy of this beautiful book. It is a treasury of perceptions, tender and unsparing, of our planetary existence; a sensual affinity with all that grows, flourishes, and dies — conveyed in a clear voice unlike any other."
"Review" by , "Beautifully crafted prose...trac[es] the rich histories of two men — one a beekeeper, the other a trapper... One of those rare nature books that mixes a perfect combination of personal insight and historical depth."
"Review" by , "A riveting compendium of observations from a very curious, very interesting mind...Morrow manages paragraphs as poets manage line breaks."
"Review" by , "So venerably beautiful it makes your teeth ache."
"Review" by , "A meditation on the outdoors that evokes 'the smell of damp earth, the sweetness of maples and pines . . . as though it were freedom itself.'"
"Synopsis" by ,
One seeks for words worthy of the authenticity and intimacy of this beautiful book. It is a treasury of perceptions, tender and unsparing, of our planetary existence; a sensual affinity with all that grows, flourishes, and dies--conveyed in a clear voice unlike any other." — Shirley Hazzard

An arresting reflection on the human relationship with nature, Wolves and Honey is grounded in the exploration of two eccentric personalities — one a trapper, the other a beekeeper — and their very different attitudes toward the world. While illuminating her own poignant relationships with these men who deeply influenced her, Susan Brind Morrow offers a meditation on the land itself — specifically, the rich and storied Finger Lakes region of New York. Keenly attuned to unexpected scientific, historical, and metaphorical connections, Morrow's writing provides a strikingly original perspective on the fine but resilient threads that bind us all to the natural world.

"Beautifully crafted prose . . . trac[es] the rich histories of two men — one a beekeeper, the other a trapper . . . One of those rare nature books that mixes a perfect combination of personal insight and historical depth." — USA Today

"A riveting compendium of observations from a very curious, very interesting mind . . . Morrow manages paragraphs as poets manage line breaks." — Boston Globe

"A meditation on the outdoors that evokes 'the smell of damp earth, the sweetness of maples and pines . . . as though it were freedom itself.'" — The New Yorker

"So venerably beautiful it makes your teeth ache." — Kirkus Reviews

Susan Brind Morrow is the author of The Names of Things.

"Synopsis" by , An arresting reflection on the human relationship with nature, Wolves and Honey is grounded in the exploration of two eccentric personalities — one a trapper, the other a beekeeper — and their very different attitudes toward the world. While illuminating her own poignant relationships with these men who deeply influenced her, Susan Brind Morrow offers a meditation on the land itself — specifically, the rich and storied Finger Lakes region of New York. Keenly attuned to unexpected scientific, historical, and metaphorical connections, Morrow's writing provides a strikingly original perspective on the fine but resilient threads that bind us all to the natural world.
"Synopsis" by , A delightful and surprising reflection on the complexities of the human relationship with nature, Wolves and Honey is a wonderful blend of nature writing and memoir grounded in the exploration of two eccentric personalities — one a trapper, the other a beekeeper — and their very different attitudes toward the world.

While illuminating her own poignant relationships with these men who deeply influenced her, Susan Brind Morrow offers a meditation on the land itself — specifically, the rich and storied Finger Lakes region of New York. From the history of apple-growing in America to the myth of the Tree of Life, Morrow's writing makes sociological, linguistic, and metaphorical connections that provide a strikingly original reflection on the fine but resilient threads that bind humans to the natural world.

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