Ackerman delivers a book about discovering natural life at the ocean's edge--Cape Henlopen, at the southern lip of the Delaware Bay across from Cape May, New Jersey--and the habits of shorebirds and seabirds, the movement of sand and water, the wealth of creatures that survive amid storm and surf. It weaves together science and description with personal observation and reflection, exploring the way that landscape shapes our thoughts and perceptions.
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This is a naturalist's account of her observations of nature around Lewes, a seaside town situated along Delaware's Atlantic coast. Ackerman's detailed descriptions of diatoms and sea and plant life--worms, whales, and osprey--generally lack lyrical beauty but exhibit a fastidious, microscopic perception and enthusiastic attention to every little thing that is inspirational. Nothing is too insignificant for Ackerman's examination. This quality, in combination with some thoughtful reflection, makes the book interesting to both readers with scientific backgrounds and those just awed by nature. In a style much like Annie Dillard's, though less erudite, Ackerman ponders the changes that accompany the ocean's movement, nature's growth and fluctuation, and the influence of humans on the direction of those changes. Many writers have said that the road to the universal is through the particular. Ackerman has certainly marked that as the starting point of her journey. Janet St. JohnFrom Library Journal:
Ackerman, an accomplished writer who has contributed to a number of national and regional publications, is a Midwesterner transplanted to the Delaware shore. In this book, she turns her keen and discerning eye toward the environment she inhabits. Often despairing of nature's ability to repair what human activity has so totally disrupted, Ackerman eloquently details the natural history of a region often thought of as totally developed. She takes the reader on many journeys, stopping along the way to discuss various species of crabs, fish, and shore birds. Ackerman does not neglect the human denizens of the beach, introducing the readers to a number of engaging local personalities. Recommended for public libraries.?Randy Dykhuis, OHIONET, Columbus, Ohio
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