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Sky Time in Gray’s River

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ON SALE: January 26, 2021 | Paperback | 256 pages | ISBN 9781640092785

An ecologist reflects on the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest as he describes the lives of plants, animals, and humans through every season of the year during his thirty years in the village of Gray’s River, near the mouth of the Columbia River—long out of print, this classic of nature writing is being given a new life in trade paperback.

Sky Time in Gray’s River is an elegant meditation on life in the rural Northwest. Although Robert Michael Pyle is a lepidopterist and southwestern Washington is notable for its lack of butterflies, something about the village of Gray’s River spoke to him on a visit more than thirty years ago. Ever since then he has lived in the village, one of the first to be established near the mouth of the Columbia River and only tenuously connected to the world of the twenty-first century. Sky Time in Gray’s River brings Gray’s River to life by compressing those thirty years into twelve chapters, following the lives of the people, plants, and animals that make the village their home, month by month through the seasons. Through his story of how the village changed his life, Pyle illustrates how a special place can transform anyone lucky enough to find it. He shows that you don’t have to travel far to see something new every day—if you know how to look.

 

About Robert Michael Pyle

ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE is a biologist and writer who has worked in conservation biology around the world. His twenty-two books include Wintergreen, Where Bigfoot Walks, Mariposa Road, three collections of poetry, the novel Magdalena Mountain, and a flight of butterfly books. Founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, he was recently named an honorary life fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Pyle lives, writes, and studies natural history in rural southwest Washington.

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