The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban WildernesseBook - 2016
Johnson argues that learning to see the world afresh, like a child, shifts the way we think about nature: Instead of something distant and abstract, nature becomes real--all at once comical, annoying, and beautiful. This shift can add tremendous value to our lives, and it might just be the first step in saving the world.
No matter where we live--city, country, oceanside, or mountains--there are wonders that we walk past every day. Unseen City widens the pinhole of our perspective by allowing us to view the world from the high-altitude eyes of a turkey vulture and the distinctly low-altitude eyes of a snail. The narrative allows us to eavesdrop on the comically frenetic life of a squirrel and peer deep into the past with a ginkgo biloba tree. Each of these organisms has something unique to tell us about our neighborhoods and, chapter by chapter, Unseen City takes us on a journey that is part nature lesson and part love letter to the world's urban jungles. With the right perspective, a walk to the subway can be every bit as entrancing as a walk through a national park.
From Library Staff
Johnson encourages us nature lovers to forget about our idealized parks and preserves for a little while and to appreciate the life dwelling all around us in our cities. We humans have a bad habit of forgetting that we're part of nature, and so are the species such as tress, ants, squirrels, and ... Read More »