Dawn Light by Diane Ackerman
Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

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A celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalist explores a year of dawns in her most personal book to date.

In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, Diane Ackerman awakens us to the world at dawn—drawing on sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, poetry, organic farming, and beekeeping. As a patient and learned observer of animal and human physiology and behavior, she introduces us to varieties of bird music and other signs of avian intelligence, while she herself “migrates” from winter in Florida to spring, summer, and fall in upstate New York.

Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being “in” nature, Ackerman points out, but we often forget that we are nature—for “no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams.” Joining science’s devotion to detail with religion’s appreciation of the sublime, Dawn Light is an impassioned celebration of the miracles of evolution—especially human consciousness of our numbered days on a turning earth.

About Diane Ackerman

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Diane Ackerman is the best-selling author of The Zookeeper's Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, and many other books.
Published September 19, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 265 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Ackerman (An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain, 2004, etc.) luxuriates in the break of day.

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The Washington Post

... Diane Ackerman discovers wonder in dawn's early light in her newest release.

Sep 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Dawn Light: Dancing with Cran...

Spirituality & Practice

• The rituals of dawn: cardinals are donning red robes, women applying red lipstick, and workmen planting red stop signs.

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