Salt Marsh Diary
A Year on the Connecticut Coast
by Mark Seth Lender
“Like a great jazz musician who knows that as much can be conveyed in the silence between the notes as in the complexity of the notes played, Mark Seth Lender offers simple themes expressed in deceptively simple prose. Lender gives us insight in brevity and beauty in unfussy, clean prose. Thoreau wrote that “simple truth and sincerity are rare” but in Salt Marsh Diary simple truth and sincerity have found a home.”
— Jeffrey S. Cramer, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition and The Quotable Thoreau.
Mark Seth Lender’s home is on the edge of a salt marsh. From his front porch and back yard he is witness to an astonishing array of wildlife. Everything he sees and hears becomes grist, transformed into the pieces he writes and reads for Living on Earth, heard nationwide on NPR.
But of all the creatures that inspire him certainly the most varied, and perhaps the most beautiful are the birds. For the first time, he has chronicled the life of the marsh in a book penned from his own perch.
Joining a gift for language with the precision of a naturalist, Lender transports the reader to his world, and makes us both see and hear kingfishers, terns, bitterns, owls, egrets and other wonders that fill the sky above us and the wetlands below.
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