Falling into Place

Paperback $14.00

Jul 14, 2015 | 182 Pages

Hardcover $24.95

Feb 04, 2014 | 184 Pages

Ebook $24.95

Feb 04, 2014 | 184 Pages

  • Paperback $14.00

    Jul 14, 2015 | 182 Pages

  • Hardcover $24.95

    Feb 04, 2014 | 184 Pages

  • Ebook $24.95

    Feb 04, 2014 | 184 Pages


“Hypnotically poetic.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“Sharply observed and deeply pondered.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This book will be savored by those who relish reading beautifully written essays about natural history and environmental concerns, as well as by readers who enjoy memoirs.”
Library Journal

“Brings a fresh voice to time-honored subjects: the death of a loved one, the search for oneself.” 
Massachusetts Review

“Under the spell of this book, I felt as if I were entering into a truly wild world.”
—Jeff Wasserboehr, The Massachusetts Review
Falling into Place shows a successful quest for elusive, hard-won goals, on natural territory.”
The Gay & Lesbian Review

“The perfect example of how the personal becomes global through familiar tropes.” 
Lambda Literary

“Reid manages to skillfully connect with the art of physically and primally knowing a landscape, as an animal might. . . . This collection is a stunning representation of the multiplicity of place, and our station within it.”
—July Westhale, Lambda Literary
“Listening for birds or following the riddle of a bear roaming the woods in winter; remembering a near drowning and the trace of her stranger-savior in spare asides; pursuing the nature of the ‘natural’ or calling us to meet her in wonder and in activism, author-naturalist Catherine Reid writes with an uncommonly enthralling acuity and grace. A major contribution to the re-vitalization of the essay and lyric nonfiction short form, Falling into Place creates groves of contemplation in a reactive world. Gerard Manley Hopkins. Rachel Carson. Catherine Reid. Like the precursors whose soundings gorgeously echo in her work, Falling into Place invites a new kind of listening.”
—Mary Cappello, author of Called Back, and Swallow

“In these beautifully written essays Catherine Reid combines her homing instincts with an astute awareness of the ramifications of global events. As she explores the way in which the local, in our time, must also be far-ranging, she also considers the inextricable links between the human and natural worlds. Falling Into Place is a deeply rewarding book marked by maturity of thought and lyric richness.”
—Jane Brox, author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm

Table Of Contents

Song Heart Rail 1
Water Rhythms 15
Tides 18
Ox Blink 22
Rescue 32
Salamander Crossing 36
Disquiet 40
Hitched, Massachusetts, 2004 51
Reliance 66
How to Become a Generalist 74
Companions 80
Deciphering Bird 83
Interventions 89
Catch and Release 101
Thoreau Alone Won’t Do 107
After a Sweet Singing Fall Down 118
Wild Geese and Other Nostalgias 132
When a Fox Skull No Longer Points Home 140
The Quiet House Is a Sudden Thing 149
Resilience 151
168 Notes 171

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