A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America

A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America

Book - 1991
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One of two genuine classics of American nature writing now in paperback; the other is A Natural History of Western Trees.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1991
ISBN: 9780395581742
0395581745
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 582.16 Pea

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JLMason
Dec 17, 2014

This book is not a cut-and-dried reference. Yes it provides a description of each tree, its range, its preferred habitat, and its historical use by Native Americans and European settlers. There are occasional line drawings only, no photos. But the author is a poet at heart, and it is his lyrical renderings of the essence and character of each tree that makes this book a classic and a pleasure to read.

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Dec 17, 2014

"When the wind lifts up the Hemlock's voice, it is no roaring like the Pine's, no keening like the Spruce's. The Hemlock whistles softly to itself. It raises its long, limber boughs and lets them drop again with a sigh, not sorrowful, but letting fall tranquillity upon us."

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