Field Study: Meditations on a Year at the Herbarium

Category: Book
By (author): Humphreys, Helen
Subject:  HISTORY / Social History
  NATURE / Plants / General
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: ECW Press
Published: September 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 7.00in x 5.25in x 0.81in
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$ 32.95
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From The Publisher*

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.

From The Publisher*

In Field Study, award-winning author Helen Humphreys returns to her brilliant illustrated meditations, this time to delve into the lost world of herbarium collections to examine where and how we look to find the solace of nature in a declining natural world.

Review Quote*

"[A] delightful mix of memoir and field study … In beautiful prose, Humphreys describes her experience acquainting herself with plants … Readers who appreciated Aimee Nezhukumatathil's World of Wonders will revel in these gorgeous explorations." - Publishers Weekly starred review

Biographical Note

Helen Humphreys is the author of 19 works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, including Rabbit Foot Bill and The Frozen Thames. She has won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, a Lambda Literary Award for Fiction, and the Toronto Book Award, and has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, the Trillium Book Award, and CBC's Canada Reads. She is the recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence. Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.