Author(s): Kathleen Jamie
Genre: Science, Travel
Original Publish Date: Sep 24, 2019
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Product Number: Z100147980
Released: Sep 24, 2019
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ISBN: #9780593151792
Narrator/s: Cathleen McCarron
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"[Kathleen Jamie's] essays guide you softly along coastlines of varying continents, exploring caves, and pondering ice ages until the narrator stumbles over — not a rock on the trail, but mortality, maybe the earth's, maybe our own, pointing to new paths forward through the forest." —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing, "By the Book" in The New York Times Book Review. An immersive exploration of time and place in a shrinking world, from the award-winning author of Sightlines. In this remarkable blend of memoir, cultural history, and travelogue, poet and author Kathleen Jamie touches points on a timeline spanning millennia, and considers what surfaces and what reconnects us to our past. From the thawing tundra linking a Yup'ik village in Alaska to its hunter-gatherer past to the shifting sand dunes revealing the impressiely preserved homes of neolithic farmers in Scotland, Jamie explores how the changing natural world can alter our sense of time. Most movingly, she considers, as her father dies and her children leave home, the surfacing of an older, less tethered sense of herself. In precise, luminous prose, Surfacing offers a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unrooted.

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Author(s): Kathleen Jamie
Genre: Science, Travel
Product Number EB00752977
Released: Sep 24, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9780525506256

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"In this marvelous collection of essays, Kathleen Jamie meditates on time, nature, and family with lyrical prose full of wicked wit. Narrator Cathleen McCarron's performance is a perfect match. Her Scottish accent is appealing, and her timing is akin to musical phrasing that enhances a composer's intent. For example, Jamie's description of Alaskan sockeye salmon swimming as "silk slashes in a Tudor sleeve" sounds like "slashies" in McCarron's lilting voice, and that just adds to the magic of it all. The two longest essays focus on an archaeological discovery in Alaska among the Yupik and another one in the Orkneys. Both highlight the role of warming climates and encroaching seas in the discovery and juxtaposition of history and modernity: One local Yupik resident has an iPhone in one pocket and a traditional ulu knife in the other. A.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"