Sunday, April 22, 2007
Two nature books
My recent trip to California primed picking up two books: The Last Season by Eric Blehm, about Sierra backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson, and The Wild Trees, by Richard Preston, about the search for the tallest redwoods in the temperate rain forest remains of Northern California. The Last Season, like its subject, asked for pauses. It asks tough questions of anyone who tries to balance the mountains with the rest of life. As for The Wild Trees, even though I knew part of the material from The New Yorker, I got it Friday afternoon at the Penn Book Center, and I didn't put it down for much until I finished it at 3 am Saturday.