By Monomoy Light by North T. Cairn
Nature and Healing in an Island Sanctuary

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In this beautifully written book, North T. Cairn reflects on her three extended summer stays on Monomoy, an island wildlife sanctuary off the coast of Cape Cod. Residing alone in an abandoned lighthouse-keeper's cottage, she lived simply in the wilderness, studying the diverse habitats of the refuge and its creatures.

With lyrical, intimate, and arresting prose, Cairn recalls her sojourns on Monomoy, seamlessly blending memoir with natural and social history to trace the transformations that come from encounters with nature and its inhabitants. Her evocative observations of the barrier island paradise-sea and sand, light, flora, migrating birds, white-tailed deer, gray and harbor seals-echo larger, transcendent issues of life in a changing world. For Cairn, the outer world of nature also becomes a metaphor for the inner world of reflection, new discoveries, and healing, particularly of her own childhood trauma and long estrangement from family.

By Monomoy Light will reawaken the reader to the necessities of rest and peace; of space apart for meditative listening and quiet; of the imperative to preserve the character of the wilderness, wherever it may be found.


About North T. Cairn

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North T. Cairn is a journalist who specializes in nature, the environment, human services, and science. She pens a prize-winning weekly nature column for the Cape Cod Times and holds an appointment in nonfiction writing at Mount Holyoke College. She lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts. John Hay is the author of several books, including A Beginner's Faith in Things Unseen, The Bird of Light, and In the Company of Light. He lives on Cape Cod.
Published April 13, 2000 by Northeastern. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Cairn, a nature columnist for the Cape Cod Times, spent part of three summers (1993-1995) on Monomoy Island, a wildlife refuge off the coast of Cape Cod.

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