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Naturalist and philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore meditates on
connection and separation in these twenty-one elegant, probing
essays. Using the metaphor of holdfasts—the structures that
attach seaweed to rocks with a grip strong enough to withstand
winter gales—she examines our connections to our own bedrock.

“When people lock themselves in their houses at night and seal
the windows shut to keep out storms, it is possible to forget,
sometimes for years and years, that human beings are part of the
natural world,” she writes. Holdfast passionately reclaims an
awareness of the natural world, exploring the sense of belonging
fostered by the communal howls of wolves; the inevitability of
losing children to their own lives; the fear of bears and love of
storms; the sublimity of life and longing in the creatures of the
sea; her agonizing decision when facing her father’s bone-deep
pain. As Moore travels philosophically and geographically—from
Oregon’s shores to Alaska’s islands—she leaves no doubt of her
virtuosity and range.

The new afterword is an important statement on the new
responsibilities of nature writers as the world faces the
consequences of climate change.


Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World (Northwest Reprints Book)


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