A Conversation With the Natural World

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Workman Press.

Winner of the 2014 Orion Book Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the John Burroughs Association 2014 Medal for Distinguished Natural History Book

In Sightlines, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field—from her native Scottish “byways and hills” to the frigid Arctic in fourteen enthralling essays. She dissects whatever her gaze falls upon—vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, orcas rounding a headland, the aurora borealis lighting up the frozen sea. In so doing, she questions what, exactly, constitutes “nature,” and upends the idea that it is always picturesque. Written with precision, subtlety, and wry humor, Sightlines urges the reader: “Keep looking, even when there’s nothing much to see.”

Publisher: New York : The Experiment, 2013
ISBN: 9781615190836
Branch Call Number: 914.1104 JAMIE
Characteristics: 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Dec 30, 2017

This is a fascinating, sensitive, and personal set of essays; her curiosity and compassion come through clearly and infects the reader; the playfulness of language and abilities of perception are edifying and uplifting, even encourages one to write something similar.

ser_library May 24, 2013

best read essay by essay with time between to reflect on their beauty and precision of language

my vocabulary has improved from reading KJ


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