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The sacred balance : a visual celebration of our place in nature
Suzuki, David T., 1936-
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New York : Greystone Books, [2002]

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151 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
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GF21 .S87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This book is a beautifully rendered exploration of the connection between humans and life on Earth through over 150 spectacular photographs, including those from the late Galen Rowell, and reproductions of artwork, as well as stunning electron micrographs and satellite images. David Suzuki's bold and inspiring text is drawn from his life as a scientist, environmentalist, writer, and thinker. To expand upon the text and visuals are quotations from literature and poetry, retellings of myths, and lines from songs and psalms. The result is a rich and uplifting expression of the sacred balance of life.

Author Notes

David Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster. He is the host of CBC TV's The Nature of Things and the author or co-author of more than thirty books, He is the chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and has received UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environmental Medal, and the United Nations Environment Program's award. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia
Amanda McConnell has written more than one hundred documentary films, many of them for The Nature of Things. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature, and she writes and gardens in Toronto, Ontario
Maria DeCambra is a photo researcher and editor who lives in Toronto, Ontario

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This impressive coffee-table book invites readers, through word and image, to experience and reflect on the interconnectedness of all life. It opens with a somewhat overwritten and florid explanation of the evolution of life and then settles into a personal essay by Suzuki, a scientist and environmentalist. In this piece, the highlight of the written text, he describes his own transformation from a young researcher who believed that science could answer every problem to an environmental activist who came to realize that science often created as many problems as it solved. (In one fascinating vignette, he explores na?ve enthusiasm for science by describing the universal praise in the 1950s for DEET, which his mother used to spray directly on the family's dinner just before serving it.) The book then devotes chapters to seven "elements" that are necessary to sustain life: water, air, fire, earth, biodiversity, love and spirit. "Spirit is beyond science," the authors say in the last chapter; it involves understanding the interdependence of life. The seven chapters are mostly taken up with DeCambra's stunning photographs, interspersed with quotations from various thinkers and excerpts from the sacred texts of the world's religions. Each chapter begins with a few introductory pages about its theme. Although these preambles contain some interesting tidbits ("there are 200 million insects for every human being on Earth") and a few insights into spirituality, the book's most original and memorable contribution is its photos. (Sept. 18) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Water: The Ocean Flowing Through Our Veinsp. 29
Air: The Breath of All Green Thingsp. 47
Fire: Let There be Lightp. 61
Earth: Made From the Soilp. 75
Biodiversity: Protected by Our Kinp. 87
Love: The Tie That Bindsp. 111
Spirit: Sacred Matterp. 131
Notesp. 149
Photo Creditsp. 151