Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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HarperCollins, 1974 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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An exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons-a personal narrative highlighting one year's exploration on foot in the author's own neighborhood in Tinker Creek, Virginia. In the summer, Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays -King of the Meadow' with a field of grasshoppers.

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User Review  - Pete - Goodreads

It took me nine years to read this book. Nine long years! Why? Those pesky muskrats! I bet Madame Dillard would be at least somewhat appreciative of this, given the degree of patience she required to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jason Farley - Goodreads

Some great moments of insight and artistry, and some pretentiousness, and a few goof nuggets. Worth the read if you like creational meditation. Read full review

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About the author (1974)

Annie Dillard is the author of many works of nonfiction, including An American Childhood and Teaching a Stone to Talk, as well as the novels The Living and The Maytrees.

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