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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Ackerman Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalist Diane Ackerman, author of the bestseller The Zookeeper’s Wife, explores a year of dawns in her most personal book to date.

In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, Diane Ackerman awakens us to the world at dawn—drawing on sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, poetry, organic farming, and beekeeping. As a patient and learned observer of animal and human physiology and behavior, she introduces us to varieties of bird music and other signs of avian intelligence, while she herself “migrates” from winter in Florida to spring, summer, and fall in upstate New York.

Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being “in” nature, Ackerman points out, but we often forget that we are nature—for “no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams.” Joining science’s devotion to detail with religion’s appreciation of the sublime, Dawn Light is an impassioned celebration of the miracles of evolution—especially human consciousness of our numbered days on a turning earth.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by LitProfSue | 1/3/2014

    " I love anything by Ackerman. This one is a collection of reflective essays on the impact of dawn on the author, interwoven with cultural, historical and scientific insights on the how humans have viewed the sunrise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gloriavirtutisumbra | 11/2/2013

    " This was very different yet very similar to her earlier books. Full of excellent stories that can take you in a hundred different directions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alesia | 8/2/2013

    " Beautifully written compilation of essays meditating on dawn, nature, humanity, life. Recommended if you like nature or reflective writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Francesca | 4/2/2013

    " So beautifully written and engaging, I learned so many interesting facts and connections between man and nature, and our shared rhythms and passages; poetic prose at its most insightful. "

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