How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land
By Jan DeBlieu
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780395780336, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 1998
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Siroccos, Santa Anas, chinooks, and monsoons - the wind has as many names as its moods. Few other forces have so universally shaped the lands and waters of the earth, the plants and animals, the patterns of exploration, settlement, and civilization. Few other phenomena have exerted such profound influence on the history and psyche of humankind. Wind touches all of us every day of our lives, and yet remarkably little has been written about it except as a component of the weather. In Wind, Jan DeBlieu brings a poet's voice and a scientist's eye to this remarkable natural force, showing how the bumping of a few molecules can lead to the creation of religions, the discovery of continents, the destruction of empires.
Jan DeBlieu is the author of Hatteras Journal (1987) and Meant to Be Wild (1991), which was a Nature Book Club main selection and was chosen by the Library Journal as one of the three best natural history books of the year. She has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Audobon, and Orion, and her essay on the wind, "Onto the Dragon's Mouth," was featured in the inaugural volumn of American Nature Writing. She currently resides in Manteo, North California.