The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

Author(s): David George Haskell

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A 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for General Nonfiction Winner of the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies A Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award Winner of the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law CenterA biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest Written with remarkable grace and empathy, "The Forest Unseen" is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Biologist David George 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. Beginning with simple observations--a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter, the first blossom of spring wildflowers--Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology, ecology, and poetry, explaining the science binding together ecosystems that have cycled for thousands--sometimes millions--of years.


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David George Haskell is a professor of biology at the University of the South and was named the Carnegie-CASE Professor of the Year in Tennessee in 2009. In addition to his scholarly work, he has published essays and poetry. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee. Visit his blog at

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  • : 9780143122944
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : The Penguin Press
  • : 0.227
  • : April 2013
  • : 201mm X 135mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : books

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  • : David George Haskell
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 2013
  • : en
  • : 577.309768
  • : 270