Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World by Kathleen Dean Moore

At darkfall, we all trip to the edge of the water, standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the sand, hoping to hear the fish sing. The breeze is warm and piney, sliding out of the forest onto the water, lifting our hair.

-- Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World by Kathleen Dean Moore, from an essay about the toadfish, also called the western singing fish.

Moore is an award-winning nature writer and professor of philosophy at Oregon State University.  This edition of Holdfast is part of the OSU Press Northwest Reprint series. It is available on amazon or direct from OSU Press

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.

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


  1. That is a very intriguing teaser and so descriptive.

  2. This is one I need to add to my list :)


  3. Fish sing? Wow, I should get out more. Come see my teasers for Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne and SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows. Happy reading!

  4. Hi Gilion,

    Your teaser lines were so very alluring and descriptive, that despite this not being my usual genre of reading, I felt compelled to check out both book and author a little more.

    Some 20 minutes later, after I had checked out the synopses for the many other books by this prolific author, I was mesmerised by her style of writing.

    I still probably wouldn't want to read a complete book in sittings like a novel, but I can well imagine this as a great book to dip in and out of. A great find and I hope that you enjoy it.



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