Trinity University Press

The Way of Natural History

Thomas Lowe Fleischner (editor)

A testament to the importance and reward of paying attention to our fragile world

In this eclectic anthology, more than twenty scientists, nature writers, poets, and Zen practitioners attest to how paying attention to nature can be a healing antidote to the hectic and harrying pace of our lives. 

Natural history is one of the oldest continuous human traditions. Throughout human history, attentiveness to nature was so completely entwined with daily life that it was never considered a practice separate from life itself. Yet in contemporary lifestyles, Fleischner and his contributors contend, most people have become distanced from a direct interaction with natural patterns and processes of life and living beings. 

In this provocative and uplifting book, writers describe their various experiences in nature and portray how careful and mindful attention to the larger world brings rewarding and surprising discoveries. They give us the literary, personal, and spiritual stories that point a way toward the calm and quiet that many people today hunger for. 


  • Robert Aitken
  • John Anderson
  • Paul Dayton
  • Alison Hawthorne Deming
  • Cristina Eisenberg
  • Dave Foreman
  • Wren Farris
  • Thomas Lowe Fleischner
  • Charles Goodrich
  • R. Edward Grumbine
  • Jane Hirshfield
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Ken Lamberton
  • Robert Macfarlane
  • Kathleen Dean Moore
  • Robert Michael Pyle
  • Sarah Juniper Rabkin
  • Scott Russell Sanders
  • Laura Sewall
  • John Tallmadge
  • Richard Thompson
  • Stephen C. Trombulak


    • Designated as a Foreword Magazine Best Book Award Honorable Mention in nature
    • Designated as a Foreword Magazine Best Book Award Finalist in anthologies


    “Exciting new trends in natural history....there can be no better introduction to these trends than Fleischner’s anthology.... Most of Fleischner’s contributors offer completely new insights.”

    Bloomsbury Review

    “A gem of a little book.”

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    • Pages: 224
    • Size: 5.5 x 8.25
    • Published: May 2011
    • Status: Available
    • ISBN: 9781595340740
    • Price: $16.95
    • Published: Apr 2011
    • Status: Available
    • ISBN: 9781595341082


    Anthology, Nature