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The Pine Island Paradox

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In this warm, stimulating brew of personal stories, acclaimed author Kathleen Dean Moore uses the metaphor of an island to challenge the cynicism inherent in the Western worldview. A gifted storyteller with a sly sense of humor, Moore explores three separations brought to us by Enlightenment philosophers: the separation of human from nature, of things near and far away, an ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 30th 2004 by Milkweed Editions
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Jen K.
Oct 31, 2013 Jen K. rated it it was amazing
I've now read two books by Kathleen Dean Moore. Both center around the same themes of the power of the natural world to help us see the world in a different way. Yet even though this book covered similar ground to the one I read earlier this year, I never once felt it was repetitive or boring. Every word Moore writes is lyrical and beautiful and true. She's quickly become one of my favorite writers.
Courtney Johnson
This book was ok. I had to read it for one of my classes. I thought it was kind of boring and had too much description. I like human interaction in my stories more than I like pure description.
Apr 12, 2008 Ali rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
By a philosophy prof and nature writer. Essays on stitching together the rent-asunder, mostly set in Alaska and Oregon. (She owns property on the Mary's River. She never described where it was, but I'm betting that it's between Blodget and Wren.)

Some new faces. Some new faces, who, from their comments, had been attracted by the environmental message of the book. So the book was preaching to the choir, yet again. We had a tendency to wander off the subject of the book, to our favorite camping spo
Rebecca Cripe
Feb 06, 2008 Rebecca Cripe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I had to read it for an environmental spiritual class and it was well worth it. I would love to be a person who lives by national forests and gorgeous untouched pieces of land but unfortunately that life is not in my near future...but I love reading about people that can enjoy Gods beautiful gift of nature!
This book was an easy read and the author had a wonderful gift and making you feel like you were right beside her experiencing kayaking along side sea lions in the pacific
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Jan 02, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
A collection of nature essays, beautifully written, grounded largely in the Pacific Northwest (my home). I loved the connections she draws - nature, humans, cosmos, family, that which is simple and that which is vast, the sacred, the numinous, the everyday, thrilling, frightening, beautiful. Highly recommended.
Ann Gonzalez
Feb 22, 2009 Ann Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
I was an ignorant fool and hadn't heard or read Kathleen Dean Moore until I heard her speak at the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop. Wow. Her work is smart, funny, and vivid and compelling. I don't know how I'd missed out for so long...these stories are great.
Mar 06, 2009 Eli rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books, introduced to me by one of my favorite teachers. It speaks to environmentalism and an ethic of care. I have used this book to teach students about their enviroment and build a stronger connection.
Doranne Long
Feb 13, 2015 Doranne Long rated it it was amazing
I love reading all of Kathleen Dean Moore's books. I usually read them over again at least once a year. She is a master at describing the miraculous mysteries of this earth and challenges us to see them too.
Matthew John
Mar 21, 2008 Matthew John rated it it was amazing
Not that this tells anyone anything about this actual book, but: I've never read anyone whose thoughts on nature and culture and life so closely mirror my own. I really like this book.
Sunny Remington
A nice book on nature philosophy and connection with place. A story of a woman and her family, the benefits of their connection with nature on their yearly summer trips to Alaska.
May 14, 2010 Andrea marked it as to-read
recommended by Eric May 2010
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Environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore writes about moral, spiritual, and cultural relationships to the natural world. In 2000 she founded the Spring Creek Project at Oregon State, which brings together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophy, and the emotive power of the written word to re-imagine humankind’s relation to the natural world. In addition ...more
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