Settled in the Wild
Notes from the Edge of Town
By Susan Hand Shetterly
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565126183, 240pp.
Publication Date: January 2010
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In writing about a displaced garter snake, witnessing the paving of a beloved dirt road, trapping a cricket with her young son, rescuing a fledgling raven, or the town's joy at the return of the alewife migration, Shetterly issues warnings even as she pays tribute to the resilience that abounds.
Like the works of Annie Dillard and Aldo Leopold, "Settled in the Wild" takes a magnifying glass to the wildness that surrounds us. With keen perception and wit, Shetterly offers us an education in nature, one that should inspire us to preserve it.