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From the Everglades to Maine in the footsteps of Edwin Way Teale “Have you ever dreamed . . . of leaving winter behind, of meeting spring under far-southern skies, of following its triumphal pilgrimage up the map with flowers all the way, with singing birds and soft air, green grass and trees new-clothed, of coming north with the spring?”—Edwin Way Teale “Harris’s thrilling revisit is a powerful addition to nature-writing in its own right.”—Janisse Ray, author ofDrifting into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River “A highly engaging narrative of adventure amid wild beauty. Harris describes not only what has been lost but also what remains, and merits our protection, today.”—John Elder, author ofPilgrimage to Vallombrosa: From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh “Captures the connection between humans and the landscape in order to ask essential questions: How do we cope with loss? How do we hope for recovery in the face of such devastation as species extinction and climate change?”—A. James Wohlpart, author ofWalking in the Land of Many Gods: Remembering Sacred Reason in Contemporary Environmental Literature At winter’s end in 1947, driven by the devastating loss of a son killed in World War II, naturalist Edwin Way Teale followed the dawning spring season northward in an amazing 17,000-mile odyssey from the Everglades to Maine. He wrote about the adventure inNorth with the Spring. Its sequel Wandering Through Winter won the Pulitzer Prize. Retracing Teale’s route, writer John Harris reveals a vastly changed natural world. InReturning North with the Spring, he stops at the very places where Teale once stood, trekking through the Okefenokee wetland, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Great Dismal Swamp, the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and Cape Cod. He is stunned to see how climate change, invasive species, and other factors have affected the landscapes and wildlife. Yet he also discovers that many of the sites Teale described have been newly “rewilded” or permanently protected by the government. Homage to the past, report on the present, glimpse into the future—this book honors what has been lost in the years since Teale’s famous journey and finds hope in the small tenacities of nature.
Number of Pages: 218
Genre: Nature, History, Biography + Autobiography
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Author: John R. Harris
Street Date: March 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-9511
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