Suburban Safari What's going on in the yard? In Suburban Safari , science writer Hannah Holmes decides to find out, parking herself on the minuscule scrap of… Suburban Safari What's going on in the yard? In Suburban Safari , science writer Hannah Holmes decides to find out, parking herself on the minuscule scrap of… 2005-03-02 Nonfiction Bloomsbury
Book Review

Suburban Safari (2005)

Suburban Safari | EDITOR'S CHOICE Holmes' sweet home
EDITOR'S CHOICE Holmes' sweet home
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Mar 02, 2005; Writer: Hannah Holmes; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Bloomsbury

What's going on in the yard? In Suburban Safari, science writer Hannah Holmes decides to find out, parking herself on the minuscule scrap of land surrounding her 1917 bungalow in Portland, Me. And no surprise: It's teeming, literally, with life, from a silky-eared chipmunk she dubs Cheeky to a hawk that slaughters birds crowding the forsythia bush to the slugs, beetles, and worms of a thriving microhabitat. Along the way she lectures, entertainingly, on the history of lawns and the domestication of dogs. She makes — and eats — a salad from edible weeds and hears, for the first time, the whish and whir of nighttime birds. Also, she becomes aware of how much water and energy she consumes. In a witty, imaginative, and powerful discourse, Holmes is a Rachel Carson for 21st-century suburbia.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2005 Published in issue #808 Feb 25, 2005 Order article reprints