Synopses & Reviews
This award-winning author writes a beautifully evocative paean to wildness and wilderness restoration with an extraordinary journey into southern Georgia's Pinhook Swamp, a link between the great southern wildernesses of Okefenokee Swamp and Osceola National Forest.
"The author of the American Book Award winning Ecology of a Cracker Childhood celebrates South Georgia's humble Pinhook Swamp in an impassioned and poetic account of the area's environmental fragmentation and its subsequent restoration. The swamp, '170,000 acres of dreary dismal... too deep for a human to wade in, too shallow for a boat to draw,' and populated by flies and mosquitoes, is the corridor connecting the Okefenokee Swamp with Osceola National Park. Most of its acres have now been purchased and protected, but environmentalists' work, Ray warns, is not finished yet. In impressionistic, lyrical chapters, Ray meditates on the meaning of silence ('Silence is the ghost of the panther' that used to populate Pinhook), the animals of the area (black bears, bees, frogs) and the people dedicated to saving it. She also includes poems, a Native American blessing and italicized reflections on the land's fragmentation ('the separation of habitat in a landscape... chopping a wild place into pieces') by roads, logging, mining and developments. Her moving book is a tribute to a small but crucial wild place and a call for readers to help preserve it and others like it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Janisse Ray, award winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt, writes a beautifully evocative paean to wildness and wilderness restoration with an extraordinary journey into southern Georgia's Pinhook Swamp. Pinhook Swamp acts as a vital watershed and wildlife corridor, a link between the great southern wildernesses of Okefenokee Swamp and Osceola National Forest. Together Okefenokee, Osceola, and Pinhook form the largest expanse of protected wild land east of the Mississippi River. This is one of America's last truly wild places, and Pinhook takes us into its heart. Ray comes to know Pinhook intimately as she joins the fight to protect it, spending the night in the swamp, tasting honey made from its flowers, tracking wildlife, and talking to others about their relationship with the swamp. Ray sees Pinhook through the eyes of the people who live there?naturalists, beekeepers, homesteaders, hunters, and locals at the country store. In lyrical, down-home prose