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"Dylan Tomine's "Closer to the Ground" is a pleasure to read, depicting as it does the days and seasons of a family intent on living joyfully, and providing at the same time a lively meditation on our relationship to nature. I found its buoyant, irrepressible, self-deprecating tone entirely winning, and was drawn in, happily, from page one." --David Guterson, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Snow Falling on Cedars"

"Dylan Tomine--a fly-fishing ambassador for the outdoors company Patagonia--used to pursue steelhead year-round from Argentina to Southeast Alaska, but after watching wild steelhead decline and becoming a father, he returned home to the Pacific Northwest to be a blueberry farmer. "Closer to the Ground" is a narrative journey that follows his family through four seasons of intentionally noticing their natural environment and getting in touch with the day-to-day rhythms of tide, weather and the seasons. Tomine emphasizes that they aren't completely off the grid; they don't live in a yurt and they aren't strangers to the mall, but they do attempt to keep in touch with their surroundings: "I can only hope that somehow, though participating in the natural world, our need to protect it becomes more urgent.
Tomine weaves his memoir with lyrical passages, family dialogues and accounts of gathering shellfish and chanterelles--as well as delicious descriptions of cooking them--in an engaging, slightly self-deprecating tone. Particularly poignant is his description of a snowy egret that he sees when returning home from a fishing trip. It reminds him of his grandfather, "a forager of spring fiddleheads and forest mushrooms, a poet who wrote a single, perfect haiku for every day he was held in the [Japanese] relocation camps." Alongside these beautiful passages are Tomine's frustrations of fishing expeditions hindered by squalls and his constant worry about chopping enough firewood to last through the winter. "Closer to the Ground" inspires readers to examine their own daily lives and rediscover their surroundings." --Kristin McConnell, publishing assistant, "Shelf Awareness"

"Dylan Tomine's "Closer to the Ground" is a pleasure to read, depicting as it does the days and seasons of a family intent on living joyfully, and providing at the same time a lively meditation on our relationship to nature. I found its buoyant, irrepressible, self-deprecating tone entir


Closer to the Ground is the deeply personal story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children, not through the indoor lens of words or pictures, but directly, palpably, by exploring the natural world as they forage, cook and eat from the woods and sea. With illustrations by Nikki McClure.

This compelling, masterfully written tale follows Dylan Tomine and his family through four seasons as they hunt chanterelles, fish for salmon, dig clams and gather at the kitchen table, mouths watering, to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Closer to the Ground captures the beauty and surprise of the natural world—and the ways it teaches us how to live—with humor, gratitude and a nose for adventure as keen as a child’s. It is a book filled with weather, natural history and many delicious meals.


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  • Verlag: Patagonia Books (6. Oktober 2013)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best books I've ever read (and I read a lot of books) 16. November 2012
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I am, by choice, a city girl. I don't particularly like nature, other than the odd pretty patch of flowers. I dislike dirt to the point of being phobic. Being around too many trees at once makes me nervous. So I'm not sure what possessed me to say yes when offered the chance to review a new book called Closer to the Ground. Perhaps it was because the author and his family live in my region. Or perhaps it was just the idea of getting a glimpse into a life so different from my own. Regardless of the reason, I am SO glad I accepted the chance. Closer to the Ground is not only the best non-fiction book I've read all year, it rivals most fiction books as well. This is a gorgeous, amazing book.

Where to begin on listing the reasons why I love this book. Hard to know. But here goes. First of all, this isn't some diatribe about why we should all live a life that's close to nature. The author, Dylan Tomine, doesn't judge people like me who prefer to live surrounded by concrete. He even talks about the challenges of living "green" and making it work financially (spoiler alert- even his family doesn't manage to be totally eco-friendly on a remodeling project). Instead, this book is a exploration of the joys that the author finds in his daily life out in nature- whether it's crab fishing or hunting for mushrooms with his son. It's a book about learning from the simple pleasures that his daughter takes from fishing.

Woven in with the stories of clamming and fishing and mushroom hunting is a funny storyline about the battle to have enough firewood for the winter. We're moving in a few weeks from a condo to a townhouse with a woodstove, so I took notes regarding the "how to take care of your firewood" sections. There is also an ongoing story of the importance and symbolism of birds. And there are a few surprising tales about his family members and the fact that they were in internment camps during WW2.

Mr. Tomine is a very, very talented writer who uses his words in a way that's more art than authorship. I felt like I was experiencing the seasons on his island right along side him (without all the nasty exposure to dirt that I generally avoid). This book made me think and it made me smile and it made me happy. I was surprised by how sad I felt when I finished the last chapter. That doesn't happen often to me when I'm reviewing books, as I'm generally just glad to have one more thing checked off my to-do list.

Just buy this book. It's great. Trust me.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review, but was under no obligation to post a review, and especially not a positive one. Every word of opinion expressed in this review is mine and mine alone.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Closer is perfect 27. Oktober 2012
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A book that is perfect on so many levels -I'm a guy who has chopped 6 cords of firewood this summer- I totally related to the continuing theme of wood for the fire , and how it is a yearlong pursuit.. I'm an aspiring sportsman (don't ask me how I made fake downriggers out of clothesline, a 3 lbs dumbell and clothespins) the stories of Shrimp, Crab and Salmon made me smile. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, the descriptions of friends and family working together touched on so many good memories of my friends doing the same. As a Dad, many of the stories of doing stuff with kids and the observations of small ones, combined with male parent angle made me feel glad I wasn't the only one who has to keep reminding myself "it's about the path ".....

A book like this could easily slip into a militant position manifesto - It doesn't - which makes it even more approachable and real...I appreciate the chapter about the Prius vs Montero - the though process involved - and the conclusion of the debate.

Many of these chapters could easily be lifted out and placed in Savuer, Esquire, even the New Yorker.....I think this belongs on any Northwest inspired bookshelf alongside "The Curve of Time" and "Sea Pup"

Next time I see a skiff on the Sound with two kids and a Dad with a special necklace, I'll make sure to smile and give a BIG wave.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful and rewarding read! 7. November 2012
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Perfect title for the book. Skillfully written in a way that fills one with a deeper appreciation of nature, food, family and basic values. In a leisurely way, though wonderful story telling, Dylan Tomine informs as he reveals a world filled with wonder, love and life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Couldn't Put It Down! 9. November 2012
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I found Dylan Tomine's wonderful book to be thought provoking, mesmerizing, charming, hilarious and unable to put down. With each page of every short story I found myself wanting more. I'm left with tremendous admiration for this hard working family and as the years pass and the kids mature, I will be wondering more about the antics of the Tomine clan. Closer to the Ground seems to necessitate a sequel or maybe two.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A FATHER'S LOVE OF NATURE... 12. November 2012
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CLOSER TO THE GROUND by Dylan Tomine is a wonderful memoir. It is written with depth,description and heart. "An outdoor family's year on the water,in the woods and at the table." Mr. Tomine gave up his career to show his children his love of hunting,fishing,humor,adventure,and eating. His love of the sea,nature,and woods shows through on every page. A compelling and complex tale of a family through the seasons.A must for fathers,grandfathers and mother alike,who enjoy hunting,fishing and the great outdoors and would share their love of nature with their loved ones. Written from the heart for all of us to enjoy. A great story to share.Received for an honest review from the author/publisher.Details can be found at the author's website,Patagonia Books and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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