A very humorous and interesting read. You do not need any knowledge of biology, botany, entomology, or any other -ologies I forgot to mention. Just a passing interest in nature is all that is needed to enjoy this book. It opened my eyes to the vast amount of wildlife in my own backyard. Holmes does trail off occasionally, but is quick to get back on track. Cannot recommend this enough.
Absolutely facinating. Holmes spends a year studying what happens in her Maine yard. The crows, the Asiatic bittersweet, the sow bugs, the spiders -all and more are studied and explained and either glorified or vilified in turn. I particularly loved her romance with a chipmunk. Anyone who enjoys natural history should take a look at this book.
An interesting piece of nonfiction. It was a book club pick not something I would pick out to read, but good for nature lovers.
A delightful, thoughtful description of the author's year spent studying her own yard in suburban Maine. Not just a "nature book"Ms. Holmes is very aware of the ways human activity affect the wildlife in her perview, and while she offers little in the way of solutions, she does help open our eyes to the larger problems caused by burgeoning humanity. Her beloved crow family and Cheeky the chipmunk are described with humor and loving sympathy.
I recommend this book for anyone who has a yard.