Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jonathan White's book, TIDES, includes interesting facts about the way our earth functions AND about the way people have learned to adapt over time to earth's cycles.
TIDES is a non-fiction book with such captivating prose that I wanted to keep reading until I hit the end.
Here are a few of my favorite passages:
"From a practical point of view, it didn't matter if the tide was caused by a waterwheel or a beast or a god; it only mattered that daily survival was easier if you observed the tide and worked with it, not against it. The more you knew, the better." (page 8)
"The roadside is overgrown with alder and black spruce, but at times it opens to sweeping green fields of hay and corn, punctuated by large gambrel-roofed barns and crisp white Victorian farmhouses." (page 14)
"Patches of hard, damp sand stretch for miles, their heavy corduroy surface dazzled in sunlight and shadow." (page 45)
I highly recommend TIDES to anyone who is interested in learning about the earth or anyone who is simply interested in reading a well written book.
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