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Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses


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ISBN13: 9780870714993
ISBN10: 0870714996
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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.<P>Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide, nor is it a scientific treatise. Rather, it is a series of linked personal essays that will lead general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings, from salmon and hummingbirds to redwoods and rednecks. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.<P>Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.<P>Gathering Moss will appeal to a wide range of readers, from bryologists to those interested in natural history and the environment, Native Americans, and contemporary nature and science writing.

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In a series of linked personal essays, biologist Kimmerer (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) describes the lives of mosses and how they are intertwined with the lives of humans and other beings. She uses a conversational style with a minimum of technical jargon to introduce both scientists and the general reader to the miniature landscape of mosses. The volume is illustrated throughout with delicate b&w drawings by Howard Crum and R. L. Wall. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-165) and index.

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Christine Gradel, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Christine Gradel)
I read this for a book group and found all the essays fascinating. Loved her writing and I can understand why she won awards for the nature writing. Made me feel connected to the web of life. Also loved it so much that I bought copies for gifts .
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Kimmerer, Robin Wall
Oregon State University Press
Plants - General
Mosses - Ecology
Nature Studies-Botany
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8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 in

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