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Sippewissett: Or, Life on a Salt Marsh
Tim Traver's Sippewissett is heir to a rich history of nature writing. Akin to classics like Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac and Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the book forms an eloquent bridge between ecology and memory, science and art. Traver alternates between remembrances of the Cape Cod salt marsh where he spent his boyhood summers and the history of S ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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There are passages in Sippiwissett of clear, enveloping description that brought me fully into the scene and into the marsh the book explores. But there are also long sections of more abstract introspection and overwhelming strings of rhetorical questions -- whole paragraphs comprised of one after another -- and that made it hard to stay focused as I read. There just seemed to be too much going on here, between philosophical and theological speculations, family history, personal reflection, scie ...more