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Heron Hill Chronicle

Reiger, George

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ISBN 10: 1558212965 / ISBN 13: 9781558212961
Published by Lyons & Burford, New York, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Heron Hill Chronicle

Publisher: Lyons & Burford, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Why does a gifted, world-savvy New Yorker pass up lucrative career opportunities and move to a quiet salt-marsh farm in coastal Virginia in mid-life? What kind of welcome will he and his wife encounter and how do they adjust? And what is the texture and meaning of such a life and what lessons does it teach?

Headstones in their front yard provided some local history; trashpits and outbuildings gave up revelatory objects; they learned about imprinting, marshes, mummichogs, black rail, and much else. They learned about a subsistence lifestyle built on food gathered from the road and the use of local plants and animals. They learned from the diverse group of visitors who came every year. But throughout, Reiger is most drawn to the seminal questions of land use; while he offers a full and rich portrait of a coastal farm and way of life, he finds in this life important and telling implications for our understanding of how we might live, even in the late twentieth century - and he offers some unsettling choices.

Heron Hill Chronicle is a book for all those who think deeply about stewardship and our relationship to the physical world, by a man whose books and articles have underpinned much of the momentum - and controversy - in the modern conservation movement.

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Reiger, conservation editor of Field & Stream (Wanderer on My Native Shore, 1983, etc.) offers a paean to life lived close to the land. In their early 30s, Reiger and his wife, Barbara, abandoned fast-track publishing careers in New York and Washington, D.C., to settle in a quiet backwater community of coastal Virginia. This graceful memoir is largely a response to his shocked urban colleagues who asked, ``How could you do it?'' As he and his wife restore their traditional Eastern Shore farmhouse and harvest, hunt, and fish on the 67 acres of their farm, Heron Hill (which they had purchased in 1970), he feels a growing sense of connection to the land and the people who live there. He relishes a full range of country life, from salvaging serendipitous roadkill to learning the lore of his ``born here'' neighbors. This account is dense with the detail of hedgerow planting, proper nesting-box placement, the merits of mummichogs (a kind of small fish) for bait and tree swallows for mosquito control. A close observer of nature, Reiger looks also at some of the larger lessons it has taught him: Living off the land instills self-reliance, which is the only access to wisdom; traditional gender roles are rooted in the natural world; pain is proportional to one's ability to survive. His theory of conservation is equally grounded in his farm experience. Save-the- whale rallies and rainforest fund-raisers are not for him. ``Real conservation is hands on, net gain, local habitat manipulation and species management. It's not about letting nature take its course.'' Reiger is the author of 15 books and hundreds of magazine articles, but this memoir suggests that his most satisfying creative act has been the stewardship of his own land. A deeply felt, immensely satisfying memoir. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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