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Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place

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Pyle beautifully and poetically captures both time and place in this collection of essays. Village life and nature entwine in Gray's River, a tiny hamlet in rural southwest Washington, as Pyle meditates on the cycles of human, flora, and fauna. At once an accounting of both a year in passing as well as a simpler time in the not-too-distant past.
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Much the way Donald Hall's Seasons at Eagle Pond captured New England, Sky Time in Gray's River captures the essence of the Pacific Northwest by telling the story of Robert Pyle's life in rural Washington. One of the earliest communities established near the mouth of the Columbia River, the village of Gray's River is only tenuously connected to the world of the twenty-first century.

Although Pyle is a lepidopterist and the Gray's River region is notable for its lack of butterflies, something about the place spoke to him three decades ago, and he has lived there, in the same house, ever since. This book brings Gray's River to life by compressing those thirty years into twelve chapters, following the lives of humans, animals, and plants month by month through the seasons. By demonstrating how the village has changed his life, Pyle illustrates how a special place can change anyone lucky enough to find it — and he highlights how much is being lost in a world of accelerating sameness, speed, and mobility. Above all, Sky Time shows that you don't have to travel far to see something new every day — if you know how to look.

Review:

"Gray's River, one of the earliest settled communities near the mouth of rural Washington's Columbia River, remains a relatively isolated place, connected to the rest of the state by just one narrow highway. Pyle (author of 14 books, including Chasing Monarchs and Where Bigfoot Walks) has lived there for almost 30 years, gradually fitting into the self-reliant community. There, villagers recently rallied, unsuccessfully, to save the local post office, located for decades on an elderly resident's enclosed front porch, and still take pleasure in phone service provided by a local company founded in 1927 and now run by the first owner's son. This luxuriant account of an ordinary year among the flora, fauna and folks of the countryside where the author's daily walk to the compost heap 'is the closest thing I know to sacrament' focuses as much on bats, butterflies and the pleasure of fresh berries as it does on people. His pensive account of the role the Grange (once a radical farmer's movement, dating back to 1867) continues to play in village affairs includes a nugget of celebrity reporting: Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic is a stalwart member of the association." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Gray's River, one of the earliest settled communities near the mouth of rural Washington's Columbia River, remains a relatively isolated place, connected to the rest of the state by just one narrow highway. Pyle (author of 14 books, including Chasing Monarchs and Where Bigfoot Walks) has lived there for almost 30 years, gradually fitting into the self-reliant community. There, villagers recently rallied, unsuccessfully, to save the local post office, located for decades on an elderly resident's enclosed front porch, and still take pleasure in phone service provided by a local company founded in 1927 and now run by the first owner's son. This luxuriant account of an ordinary year among the flora, fauna and folks of the countryside — where the author's daily walk to the compost heap 'is the closest thing I know to sacrament' — focuses as much on bats, butterflies and the pleasure of fresh berries as it does on people. His pensive account of the role the Grange (once a radical farmer's movement, dating back to 1867) continues to play in village affairs includes a nugget of celebrity reporting: Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic is a stalwart member of the association." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Pyle has the ability to find wonder in the mundane and beauty in the unpretentious. His appreciation of nature helps us look at the world around us with more wonder." Library Journal

Review:

"If you love the Northwest and need a midwinter infusion of natural charm, curl up with Sky Time, brew a cup of herbal tea — and dream of the coming sun." Seattle Times

Review:

"An instant classic about a little-visited Northwest place....It is the sterling capstone to the accomplishments of Robert Michael Pyle." Seattle-Post Intelligencer

Synopsis:

This book brings Gray's River in the Pacific Northwest to life by following the lives of humans, animals, and plants month by month through the seasons. By demonstrating how the village has changed his life, Pyle illustrates how a special place can change anyone lucky enough to find it.

About the Author

Robert Michael Pyle is the author of fourteen books, including Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim Fellow, he is a full-time writer living in southwestern Washington.

Table of Contents

Beforetimes: Going to Ground in Grays River 1 1. The Time of Mew Gulls 8 2. Frogsong 25 3. When Echo Azures Fly 41 4. The Time of Trilliums 60 5. Arrivals 79 6. Swallowtails and Swainsons 100 7. Days of Mist and Thistles 117 8. The Time of Hay and Berries 134 9. Departures 156 10. Chinooks and Chanterelles 174 11. Tree Time 194 12. The Time of Rising Water 212 Aftertimes: Throwing the Cat on the Compost 232 Notes and Acknowledgments 243

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Doug, June 15, 2007 (view all comments by Doug)
Most excellent ... for a Yale trained scientist - ecologist and Guggenheim Fellow ... Bob Pyle creates for us a very personal narative which is an incredible and very powerful sonata for life and living. He shares with us and wants us to hear that too may harried Americans have lost in their daily lives an essential attentiveness to the natural world and its subtle yet deliberately timed rhythms. Flora, fauna, real people and ordinary happenings are woven into a quilt that defines a special place which can change anyone and once changed develop the pleasures of being alive into sacraments.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395828212
Subtitle:
Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place
Author:
Pyle, Robert Michael
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Regional Subjects - West
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Natural history -- Washington (State)
Subject:
Pyle, Robert Michael
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
January 2007
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 0.48 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Pyle beautifully and poetically captures both time and place in this collection of essays. Village life and nature entwine in Gray's River, a tiny hamlet in rural southwest Washington, as Pyle meditates on the cycles of human, flora, and fauna. At once an accounting of both a year in passing as well as a simpler time in the not-too-distant past.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gray's River, one of the earliest settled communities near the mouth of rural Washington's Columbia River, remains a relatively isolated place, connected to the rest of the state by just one narrow highway. Pyle (author of 14 books, including Chasing Monarchs and Where Bigfoot Walks) has lived there for almost 30 years, gradually fitting into the self-reliant community. There, villagers recently rallied, unsuccessfully, to save the local post office, located for decades on an elderly resident's enclosed front porch, and still take pleasure in phone service provided by a local company founded in 1927 and now run by the first owner's son. This luxuriant account of an ordinary year among the flora, fauna and folks of the countryside where the author's daily walk to the compost heap 'is the closest thing I know to sacrament' focuses as much on bats, butterflies and the pleasure of fresh berries as it does on people. His pensive account of the role the Grange (once a radical farmer's movement, dating back to 1867) continues to play in village affairs includes a nugget of celebrity reporting: Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic is a stalwart member of the association." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gray's River, one of the earliest settled communities near the mouth of rural Washington's Columbia River, remains a relatively isolated place, connected to the rest of the state by just one narrow highway. Pyle (author of 14 books, including Chasing Monarchs and Where Bigfoot Walks) has lived there for almost 30 years, gradually fitting into the self-reliant community. There, villagers recently rallied, unsuccessfully, to save the local post office, located for decades on an elderly resident's enclosed front porch, and still take pleasure in phone service provided by a local company founded in 1927 and now run by the first owner's son. This luxuriant account of an ordinary year among the flora, fauna and folks of the countryside — where the author's daily walk to the compost heap 'is the closest thing I know to sacrament' — focuses as much on bats, butterflies and the pleasure of fresh berries as it does on people. His pensive account of the role the Grange (once a radical farmer's movement, dating back to 1867) continues to play in village affairs includes a nugget of celebrity reporting: Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic is a stalwart member of the association." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Pyle has the ability to find wonder in the mundane and beauty in the unpretentious. His appreciation of nature helps us look at the world around us with more wonder."
"Review" by , "If you love the Northwest and need a midwinter infusion of natural charm, curl up with Sky Time, brew a cup of herbal tea — and dream of the coming sun."
"Review" by , "An instant classic about a little-visited Northwest place....It is the sterling capstone to the accomplishments of Robert Michael Pyle."
"Synopsis" by , This book brings Gray's River in the Pacific Northwest to life by following the lives of humans, animals, and plants month by month through the seasons. By demonstrating how the village has changed his life, Pyle illustrates how a special place can change anyone lucky enough to find it.

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