The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

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Penguin, Mar 15, 2012 - Nature - 288 pages
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A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of old-growth forest--a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award 

Look out for David Haskell's new book, The Songs of Tree: Stories From Nature's Great Connectors, coming in April of 2017

In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.

Each of this book's short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home.

Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Haskell is a perfect guide into the world that exists beneath our feet and beyond our backyards.

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User Review  - KatieBrugger - LibraryThing

Letter I wrote to the author: I’ve just finished reading The Forest Unseen. I have slowly savored your book over many weeks, reading one day’s entry, at most two, at one sitting. I have never read ... Read full review

THE FOREST UNSEEN: A Year's Watch in Nature

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An extraordinary, intimate view of life in an old-growth forest."Can the whole forest be seen through a small contemplative window of leaves, rocks, and water?" This is the question Haskell (Biology ... Read full review


January 21stThe Experiment
February 2ndFootprints
February 16thMoss February 28thSalamander
May 7thWind May 18thHerbivory
June 2ndQuest
July 2ndFungi
August 1st EftandCoyote

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About the author (2012)

David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. He is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow. His 2012 book The Forest Unseen was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and won the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, the National Outdoor Book Award, and the Reed Environmental Writing Award.  Along with his scholarly research, he has published essays, op-eds, and poetry.

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