Review: Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants

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Review: Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants


Kaufman, Wallace, Electronic Green Journal


Review: Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants By William Dietrich Reviewed by Wallace Kaufman Jacksonville, Oregon, USA William Dietrich. Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003. 236 pp. ISBN: 0-295-98293-4 (paperback). US$16.95. Alkaline paper.

The assumption "nature is always right" is a grim Calvinistic determinism, but it sometimes, as in this book, produces good nature writing.

Sandwiched between familiar environmental alarms in the introduction and epilogue of this book the reader will find 21 brief, highly readable, and often humorous essays adapted from the author's articles in the Seattle Times and Pacific Northwest magazine.

Novelist and essayist William Dietrich begins with the unnoticed, unloved, or hidden gems of the Pacific Northwest-jellyfish, alders, mosquitoes, and spiders. But whether he is making these little known subjects entertaining and miraculous or writing about the more popular cougars, killer whales, and bald eagles, Dietrich knows where and how to find the facts and acts that make most pages a surprise for the non-specialist. …

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