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Description: Angela Pelster's startling essay collection about trees charts the world's history through roots in the ground, rings across wood, mountains, figs, and the evolution of our bodies. These sharp and tender essays move from her childhood in rural Canada surrounded by skinny poplar trees to a desert in Niger, where "The Loneliest Tree in the World" once grew. In her backyard, a squirrel's decomposing body below a towering maple prompts a discussion of the science of rot, as well as a metaphor for the ways in which nature programs us to consume ourselves. Pelster is a writer who looks and listens closely: She watches tree frogs and questions how long we can love one another; she listens to the mournful music of an artist who places paper-thin slices of sectioned tree trunks on his record player; she doubts the proclaimed healing power of the Balete Tree while traveling in the Philippines, but dips her arms into the water that runs beneath it anyway. Beautiful, deeply thoughtful, and wholly original, Limber valiantly asks what it means to sustain life on this planet we've inherited.Angela Pelster's essays have appeared in Granta, The Gettysburg Review, Seneca Review, The Globe and Mail, Relief Magazine, and others. Her children's novel The Curious Adventures of India Sophia won the Golden Eagle Children's Choice award in 2006. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and lives with her family in Baltimore, Maryland, where teaches at Towson University.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $23.50
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Sarabande Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/15/2014
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall