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Every Natural Fact by Amy Lou Jenkins
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Feb 02, 2011

it was amazing
Recommended for: anyone
Read in August, 2010 — I own a copy

I was one of those privileged to see this extraordinary book in its infancy. These seven years later, the portraits of nature conveyed in those first drafts--the cranes especially stand out--remain in my memory in all their vivid, sensual relief. The completed work brings even more--fascinating excursions into the history of conservancy, and to places the reader may never before have heard of, such as Kettle Moraine state forest in Wisconsin, where "Our trail...snaked across the terminal moraines of the Green Bay and Michigan lobes of the Wisconsin Glacier and also crossed the ancient drainage ways, leaving behind a severely textured land." There's humor, too: "What's a stupid attraction," asks DJ, her son, on visiting Ripley's museum after a day in the field, "without a crappy keepsake?" Which leads me to what, for some, may be the most lasting gift of Every Natural Fact, the years-long interplay between mother and son, itself a portrait of what is possible between parent and child. That she is able to put so much into this small volume, yet leave the reader wanting more, is the mark of a generous, and outrageously gifted, writer. --John R. Coats, author of Original Sinners, Why Genesis Still Matters

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