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The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion


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ISBN13: 9780870716799
ISBN10: 0870716794
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books4mysoul, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by books4mysoul)
Does one need to say more than it's Robert Michael Pyle? If I could read only one author, he would be my choice, and his latest is wonderful. Pyle's body of work is a banquet.
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Rosemary Lombard, January 7, 2013 (view all comments by Rosemary Lombard)
For eleven years before his all-consuming butterfly year, an analogue of the bird years in which birders count as many different species as possible within the time span, naturalist and lepidopterist Robert Michael Pyle wrote the back-page column for ORION magazine, that extraordinary magazine of the environment. These essays, honed and compressed into small jewels and collected now into this treasure of a book, join the best of natural history writing.
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JohnLee, December 19, 2012 (view all comments by JohnLee)
This collection of 52 essays written by Pyle for the Orion magazine over 10 years are challenging, fun and just a pleasure to read. I discovered this NW author several years ago and intend to read all he has written. How can you not like a guy who loves butterflies, slugs, wildflowers, birds -- in fact most living things and has spent his life doing something about it. From Oregon University Press, which publishes wonderful books like this.
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Pyle, Robert Michael
Oregon State University Press
Louv, Richard
Environmental Studies-Environment
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The Tangled Bank is a collection of writings by local naturalist Robert Michael Pyle from the respected social and environmental magazine Orion. Far-reaching in subject matter, from conservation to beer to banana slugs, The Tangled Bank breathes excitement on the seemingly "mundane" and allows us to (re)visit the world around us with fresh eyes and a greater appreciation.

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Nature can seem remote and disconnected from daily life. But it doesn't have to be. All you need is a sense of wonder, kindled easily enough by this wonderful book. With insatiable curiosity, a poet's keen eye, and a deep concern for every form and facet of life, these essays romp and root through subjects great and small, personal and universal, wild and wildly human. By illuminating the depth and richness of the world just outside our door, The Tangled Bank makes the case for restoring nature in our community with native human spirit: "The earth spins, and we go on."

"Review" by , "These essays, each a multifaceted gem, convey an exuberant sense of what it feels like to encounter the greater-than-human world with senses alert and mind engaged. And what a mind! Equally at ease in science and art, in philosophy and fun, Robert Michael Pyle is curious and knowledgeable about all manner of living things, from butterflies to bats, from bioluminescent plankton to the yeast in beer. If you can't go afield with him, go a-page. You will not find a livelier companion."
"Review" by , "The Tangled Bank was a deeply pleasurable read, a reminder of what’s important in my own life as an observer of the natural world. The book evoked a sense of hope that we can all live like this, engaged, responsive, awake to the beauty around us."
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