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Natural Histories: Stories from the Tennessee Valley

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
In sixteen thoroughly engaging essays, naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales ventures far and wide among the richly diverse flora and fauna of his native Tennessee Valley. Whether describing the nocturnal habits of the elusive whip-poor-will, the pivotal role the hedge plant Osage orange played in a key Civil War battle, or the political firestorm that attended the discovery of a ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 15th 2007 by Univ Tennessee Press
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Apr 27, 2016 Charlie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nature lovers; essay readers; short story fans
This book is a "natural" for those who love nature and natural history. But I could also recommend it to readers who love thoughtful essays, and perhaps even those who like short stories. I recommend it to everyone who appreciates the craft of beautifully constructed, lyrical prose.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have come to know Stephen, and know him better for this book. He is as beautiful as a person as he is a writer. And a bonus for those who love nature art, he illustrates his books
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Natural Histories: Stories From the Tennessee Valley by Stephen Lyn Bales (University of Tennessee Press 2007)(508.768). This is a great book of essays; each essay/chapter highlights a different species of plant or animal that has impacted the TVA region and the environmental organization that has been most involved in the species' maintenance, recovery, or extinction. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 2008.
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Stephen Lyn reads and writes (and occasionally does arithmetic) tucked away in the Tennessee Valley near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Most of the time he does it barefooted.
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