Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: The Tangled Bank

To many, a squirrel is a squirrel and by any other name is still just a squirrel. . . .  They are also capable of ravaging birdfeeders worse than jays,  though their brilliant acrobatics to defeat "squirrel-proof" feeders are surely worth the price of a bag or two of the best black sunflower seeds.
-- from "Squirrel Tales" in The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion by Robert Michael Pyle, published by OSU Press.

Charles Darwin contended that the elements of a tangled bank are endlessly interesting, ever evolving, and can explain the entire living world.  These essays were originally published in Pyle's monthly column for Orion and Orion Afield magazines.  They cover topics from Mexican monarchs to bookstores to the love of hops.

I love that the author's back-cover biography says, "He is often associated with butterflies, slugs, and Bigfoot." That is priceless! Especially when accompanied by a photo of Pyle in a moss coat:

For those in the Portland area, there is a book event for Pyle this Sunday: A conversation, reading, and book launch with Robert Michael Pyle and Orion editor Jennifer Sahn.  Sunday September 30, 7:30 pm Heron Hall, Portland Audubon, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event. 


  1. I haven't visited your blog for a while. Looks good as always.

    THANKS for the teaser.

    Here is my teaser from MURDER TAKES TIME by Giacomo Giammatteo. It was GOOD...just finished it yesterday.


  2. That author's picture is awesome!

  3. Sounds interesting. I have to admit I always root for the squirrels when I watch them try to get into bird feeders or tease the cats from wires. My teasers are from Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel and Run the Risk by Lori Foster. Happy reading!

  4. Making a feeder squirrel proof is next to impossible. Interesting looking book.


  5. That is an incredibly hilarious coat! LOL. Great teaser!

    Here is mine:


  6. That sure is a beautiful cover! Thanks for sharing your Teaser with us!

  7. That mossy shawl cracks me up! Great teaser.
    Mine is from A STOP IN THE PARK: http://iousex.blogspot.com/2012/09/teaser-tuesday-stop-in-park.html


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