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Common Ground: A Naturalist's Cape Cod

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When Common Ground was first published, Annie Dillard praised Robert Finch's essays for "their strength, subtlety, and above all their geniality." New readers will have a chance to discover that Finch's Cape Cod is indeed a wonderful place. The birds, fish, and animals that share the cape's fragile ecology on any given summer day with the human residents are described with ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published May 17th 1994 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1981)
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Jessica
Mar 13, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
A lovely book and great subway reading to boot. Romantic without being sentimental, these essays explore the real Cape Cod, from its winter dunes with pockets of scrub oak and pitch pine to the woodlots that have populated what used to be open expanses of space. Interspersed are vignettes about loons in Maine, a majestic black oak in Pittsburgh, and the joy of working as a roofer in the fall.

I'd encountered Robert Finch while a wildlife advocate on Cape Cod. He served on the National Seashore Ad
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Jan 14, 2014 Dave Belleville rated it really liked it
really really good. a couple of the essays are forced, trying to create sentiment where not much is going on, but by and large, these essays are introspective, deep, educational, thoughtful, and touching. i limited myself to one essay/night to keep myself from rushing through it.
Lynn
May 29, 2009 Lynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audio book SOUNDINGS which are essays about Cape Cod taken from this book. Mildly interesting - good for listening while walking the bog.
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Robert Finch has lived on and written about Cape Cod for forty years. He is the author of six collections of essays and co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing.
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