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Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Townby Susan Hand Shetterly
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Whether we live in cities, suburbs, or villages, we are encroaching on nature, and it in one way or another perseveres. Naturalist Susan Shetterly looks at how animals, humans, and plants share the land observing her own neighborhood in rural Maine. She tells tales of the locals (humans, yes, but also snowshoe hares, raccoons, bobcats, turtles, salmon, ravens, hummingbirds, cormorants, sandpipers, and spring peepers). She expertly shows us how they all make their way in an ever-changing habitat.
In writing about a displaced garter snake, witnessing the paving of a beloved dirt road, trapping a cricket with her young son, rescuing a fledgling raven, or the town's joy at the return of the alewife migration, Shetterly issues warnings even as she pays tribute to the resilience that abounds.
Like the works of Annie Dillard and Aldo Leopold, Settled in the Wild takes a magnifying glass to the wildness that surrounds us. With keen perception and wit, Shetterly offers us an education in nature, one that should inspire us to preserve it.
Through observations within her own neighborhood in rural Maine, a naturalist looks at how animals, humans and plants share the land, issuing warnings to the reader even as she celebrates the resilience that abounds.
Settled in the Wild takes us into the woods and along the shorelines, mudflats, and paths of rural Maine, where Susan Hand Shetterly has lived and written about nature for the past thirty years. Now, she turns her attention to the ways humans and animals share the land, especially as our mutual habitat is changing.
Table of Contents
1. April Nights — 2. Going Back to the Land — 3. Walking at Dusk — 4. Sonny's Song — 5. Dangers — 6. The Inward Eye — 7. Elvers — 8. Eden — 9. Treasure — 10. Chac — 11. A Point of View — 12. The Gift — 13. Alewives — 14. The Alder Patch — 15. Country Road — 16. Letting Summer Go — 17. Knowing Things — 18. Tree — 19. Big Fish — 20. Ice — 21. Trapped — 22. Neighborhood Deer — 23. Jed Island — 24. Cormorants — 25. Rain — 26. The Fire and the Owl.
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