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This Place On Earth: Home And The Practice Of Permanence

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  39 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Alan Durning spent several years traveling the world as an environmental policy analyst. When a Filipino tribeswoman asked him to describe his home, he found that he could not, answering weakly, "In America, we have careers, not places." Determined to change all that, he brought his family to his native Northwest to make a home--by which Durning means learning the geology ...more
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Jan 14, 2014 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pacific Northwest (including Canada's Pacific Southwest) is one of the more environmental regions in North America, which doesn't mean it doesn't still have a long way to go.
Alan Thein Durning, with a book jacket comment from David Suzuki, Canada's top environmentalist, knits together personal lives, neighborhood life and regional practices (forestry, salmon conservation, municipal policies, state policies) to help us understand what is collectively being done to our corner of the earth. Slo
Jan 18, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some how/when/where, this book ended up on my bookshelf. I'm so glad that I finally picked it up and read it... a book based in the Pacific NW that discusses the environment along with our impact on land, animals and air, is a book for me! While this book was written over 20 years ago, it might as well have been written last year, due to the issues that we are still facing... it's sad to think that people were aware of our (negative) impact on much of our surroundings, yet their knowledge did no ...more
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May 28, 2007 Beth Barnett rated it liked it
If you can get past Durning's frequent digressions into his own personal life experiences, this book is a decent read. Creative non-fiction style, Durning approaches the question of whether being rooted in a geographical place, and having a commitment to a place and community is more valuable than the freedom to move around and feel attached to nothing.
This didn't help very much as a resource for an essay I'm working on as it's written very specifically for and about the Pacific Northwest ... but it did leave me wanting to create something similar for my bioregion.
Dec 29, 2008 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Not only is this a terrific book connecting personal sense of home to broader global concerns, it also gives great details about the Pacific Northwest--the best place on earth.
Jul 22, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gaia, x2012
Great look at the politics, ecology and history of the Pacific Northwest. The juxtaposition with the personal keeps the abstract from being too overwhelming.
Jul 30, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alan Thein Durning weaves his personal story of reconnecting with the Pacific Northwest with more broader views of what it takes to have a sustainable place.
Jul 03, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It really made me think about people and architecture and how we lead our lives. I need to read it again!
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