ISBN: 9781933392783 Year Added to Catalog: 2007 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: Black and White Illustrations Dimensions: 5 1/5 x 8 1/5 Number of Pages: 260 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Old ISBN: 1933392789 Release Date: March 15, 2008 Web Product ID: 376
"The road home leads through dirt, mud, saltwater and sand in this wonderful, storytelling book about a man and a salt marsh. It is lovely to read a book in which deep reflection on self, science and community are woven with direct, lived experience. Traver conjures with portraits of scientists and naturalists like Louis Agassiz and George Perkins Marsh, for whom science pointed to truths deeper than calculation can reveal. And he himself gently enacts their wishes, drawing truth from a girl who sees a pipefish or from a family expedition in a boat that floated in on the tide."
—William Bryant Logan, author of Oak: The Frame of Civilization and Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
Nautilus Book Award: Silver Winner in Ecology/Environment/Sustainability
A biography of the famous New England salt marsh, interweaving science, history, and memoir.
Tim Traver’s Sippewissett is heir to a rich history of nature writing. Akin to classics like Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the book forms an eloquent bridge between ecology and memory, science and art.
There is poetry in his retelling of the past, a childhood of mud and tides and water; there is great love in the peace and satisfaction he finds later in life fishing and clamming and watching his own children discover the secrets of the marsh. In Sippewissett, readers will discover one of science’s most studied places, visited by some of America’s greatest biologists—from Louis Agassiz to Rachel Carson—through the eyes of someone determined to rethink the roles of science, love of place, and morality in the vital work of Earth stewardship.
Illustrations by Bobbi Angell
When did the land actually stop being sacred to us? Did anyone record the moment or rather was it a dimming of awareness across years? Did we become modern producer-consumers by misattention, caught by time and opportunity while our meanings changed? Is that how we lost our way, moving nowhere but toward progress? Or is the land still sacred to us, and we just have to turn over more stones to know it?
About the Author
Tim Traver holds a master's degree in environmental science from Yale University. He is a freelance travel and science writer and has had a column in the Providence Journal and Falmouth Enterprise. He works on issues of land use, wildlife management, open space protection, and environmental education and is past executive director of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Upper Valley Land Trust and past director of the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Traver lives in Taftsville, Vermont, with his wife and three children.