Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Beginning: Through a Green Lens


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



As a kid in the Aurora public schools, it was clear that any small gift I might possess was verbal rather than mathematical.

-- from the author's Introduction, "Dancing with Pan," to Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature by Robert Michael Pyle, published by OSU Press.

The entirety of conservation is uniquely and deeply intertwined with natural history.

-- from "Conservation and Natural History," first published in Northwest Conifer (1968).

Pyle is a trained biologist and ecology PhD who turned his talent and enthusiasm to nature writing half a century ago. He has written 20 books and hundred of essays, as well as fiction and poetry. This collection offers a sampling of his essays spanning the fifty years of his writing career.


  1. I have been reading a bit of nature writing in between other things lately. I might just look this one up.

    How did you like the memoir you were reading last time? The language was so lovely in that one.

  2. Pyle wrote 20 books about nature; what a great accomplishment. I saw your link to the Wodehouse book, I always enjoy his books.

  3. Thanks for the chance to join your weekly meme. It was wonderful luck finding you and can't wait for more Book Beginnings.

  4. Thanks for sharing - I bet this could be popular at my local library. :)

  5. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  6. I love reading books of the memoir variety. So often we would like to meet characters in the novels we read, and when we read a memoir there is at least a chance that that could happen!

    Here's my Book Beginnings post!

  7. This sounds like a lovely read. Thank you for sharing it with us. I'd love for you an your readers to check out mine . . .

  8. my book beginning is at

  9. hmm, it sounds different! thanks for sharing. mine is here:
    I'm so enjoying this book!

  10. Always an interesting read on your Book Beginnings.

    ENJOY, and have a good weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings


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