Field Study

Meditations on a Year at the Herbarium

Narrated by Helen Humphreys
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Pub Date 15 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021

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“[A] delightful mix of memoir and field study.” — Publishers Weekly STARRED review

Award-winning and beloved author Helen Humphreys discovers her local herbarium and realizes we need to look for beauty in whatever nature we have left — no matter how diminished

Award-winning poet and novelist Helen Humphreys returns to her series of nature meditations in this gorgeously written and illustrated book that takes a deep look at the forgotten world of herbariums and the people who amassed collections of plant specimens in the 19th and 20th centuries. From Emily Dickinson’s and Henry David Thoreau’s collections to the amateur naturalists whose names are forgotten but whose collections still grace our world, herbariums are the records of the often-humble plants that are still with us and those that are lost. Over the course of a year, Humphreys considers life and loss and the importance of finding solace in nature.

Illustrated throughout with images of herbarium specimens, Humphreys’s own botanical drawings, and archival photographs, this will be the perfect gift for Humphreys’s many fans, nature enthusiasts, and for all who loved Birds Art Life.

“[A] delightful mix of memoir and field study.” — Publishers Weekly STARRED review

Award-winning and beloved author Helen Humphreys discovers her local herbarium and realizes we need to look for...


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ISBN 9781773058900
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DURATION 3 Hours, 52 Minutes

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Wow! What a lovely non-fiction! This is definitely for plant lovers but… if you’ll allow me to get overly specific, “Field Study” by Helen Humphreys is the kind of book you should pick up if; - You love the history of simple items. - You adore old books because of their inscriptions, and the lives they have lived. - You love nature! - You, specifically, love everyday nature that you can see around you. I though Helen Humphreys really brought her poetic sensibilities and love of nature together beautifully. The audiobook isn’t even 4 hours long. It’s like spending an afternoon in the garden with a friend - albeit, a friend who is knowledgeable and passionate. It’s accessible, tender, interesting and all around beautiful. The physical version of the book is full of incredible floral illustrations that really add to the experience. However diminished the nature around us has become, we should still delight in its beauty and rejoice in its existence. Thank you so much to Netgalley, E C W Press and Helen Humphreys for letting me read this wonderful book. The hardcover is out now but the audio releases November 15, and is narrated by Humphreys herself! Highly recommend for your #NonFictionNovember TBRs!

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