The Solace of Nature
By Kathleen Dean Moore
(Trumpeter, Paperback, 9781590307717, 195pp.)
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
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In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to learn what the environment could teach her in her time of pain. This book is the record of her experiences. It’s a stunning collection of carefully observed accounts of her life—tracking otters on the beach, cooking breakfast in the desert, canoeing in a snow squall, wading among migrating salmon in the dark—but it is also a profound meditation on the healing power of nature.
Kathleen Dean Moore is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. She is also the author of A Field Guide to Inductive Arguments.