Synopses & Reviews
In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, Diane Ackerman awakens us to the world at dawn'"drawing on sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, poetry, organic farming, and beekeeping. As a patient and learned observer of animal and human physiology and behavior, she introduces us to varieties of bird music and other signs of avian intelligence, while she herself 'migrates' from winter in Florida to spring, summer, and fall in upstate New York.
Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being 'in' nature, Ackerman points out, but we often forget that we are nature'"for 'no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams.' Joining science"s devotion to detail with religion"s appreciation of the sublime, Dawn Lightis an impassioned celebration of the miracles of evolution'"especially human consciousness of our numbered days on a turning earth.
"A keenly observed portrait of the world. . . . A general celebration of our continually renewed existence." Los Angeles Times
"Diane Ackerman is one of our great literary voluptuaries. . . . [T]he writing that results is as invigorating as a lungful of cool morning air." San Francisco Chronicle
In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, one of our most celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalists awakens us to the world at dawn. Diane Ackerman draws from sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, and poetry in order to celebrate that moment in which the deepest arcades of life and matter become visible. From spring in Ithaca, New York, to winter in Palm Beach, Florida, is an impassioned call to revel in our numbered days on a turning earth. A Favorite Book, Editors Choice Award, Spirituality and Practice Best of 2009, r Best of List, and Best Book of 2009.
"It's easy to live in the moment when you're immersed in Ackerman's glorious prose."--
About the Author
Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives with her husband Paul West in Ithaca, New York.