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Field Notes From A Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary (2013)

by Esther Woolfson(Favorite Author)
4.21 of 5 Votes: 4
ISBN
1847082750 (ISBN13: 9781847082756)
languge
English
publisher
Granta
review 1: This book is a treasure. Woolfson intermingles journal-type observations of nature in Aberdeen, Scotland with longer essays on species and musings about them. The book is all about cycles: weeks in seasons, in years, in calendars, in the Jewish calendar, and our lives within those cycles. I spent a lot of time, in my Kindle edition, noting other authors and publications that I want to read in the future. Since I focus on northern New England flora and fauna, I was hesitant to read this. But her observations and information are as apropos to my life here as life in Scotland. I will be referencing this book greatly in the future. It must have taken Woolfson a long time to research and reference all of the topics she covers. She is well read and wise. Her writing style took m... moree a while to get used to, but I did and ended up not being able to put this book down. I highly recommend it.
review 2: Interesting read in form of a year's diary of wildlife in her home town of Aberdeen. Variety of observations and good sense of place but wider interest too with discursions into corvids (her speciality) and other specific species. Scientific touches but not overwhelmingly so. Also much philosophising, some successful, some less so. Enjoyed her attempts to rehabilitate pigeons, grey squirrels and gulls, but she draws the line with rats. less
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redherring44
interesting and well observed but suffered from comparison with Sightlines
savanny5995
Good but the prose didn't exactly zip. Still recommended, though.
elpibeglorieta
Lovely nature writing and a taste of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Bananakafflatta
This book makes me want to go to Aberdeen, Scotland.
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