- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books/David Suzuki Foundation; Reprint edition (Oct. 9 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1553657926
- ISBN-13: 978-1553657927
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe Paperback – Aug 31 2012
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With this book, Charlotte Gill has fitted a key piece, long missing from the story of West Coast logging. What happens after these wild landscapes have been stripped of trees is an important, if painful topic, and it is hard to imagine a writer (and tree planter!) better qualified than Gill to tell this story of death and rebirth in the woods. In the same spare, unflinching prose that brought her such acclaim for her short stories, Gill takes us into the remote and rarely seen world of the tree planter, immersing us in the unique combination of sweat, fog, heartache and humor that distinguishes it from all other labors. —John Vaillant(2011-05-05)
A joy of a book! Eating Dirt romps through the grime, the pain, and the legendary, eccentric life-styles of the tribe of tree planters. In this natural history of tree planting, Charlotte Gill discovers beauty even in the clearcuts of our thrashed forests, and the often-deranged culture that works to protect the remnants of a noble environment. —Brian Brett(2011-05-05)
A beautifully written and absorbing book. —Finding Solutions(2011-08-30)
With Eating Dirt, Gill has produced a winner. Not all of the million seedlings she planted during her two decades in the wild will have thrived, but this book will. —Quill & Quire(2011-09-01)
Anyone familiar with [Gill's] sharp collection of short fiction, Ladykiller, will expect this book to deliver much more than just a taste of dirt. It does . . . Gill combines details about her fellow tribe members with her own observations of the land and the job they're tasked with, and blends descriptions of tree planters' daily routines with anecdotes about unusual creatures and situations they encounter during their travails. In the hands of this wordsmith, the mundane becomes magical . . . With Eating Dirt, Gill has produced a winner. Not all of the two million seedlings she planted during her two decades in the wild will have thrived, but this book will. —Cherie Thiessen, Quill & Quire(2011-09-01)
. . . an engrossing account of not only tree-planting's unique culture, but of the role it plays in the larger industrial enterprise that surrounds it. —Michael Lawson, National Post(2011-09-09)
Eating Dirt offers a look at tree-planting life with all of its soggy and gritty details. It tells the story of the magical life of the forest as well as the ancient relationship between humans and trees, which are our slowest-growing renewable resource. The book reveals the environmental impact of logging, and also questions the ability of artificially created conifer plantations to replace original forests that evolve over millennia into complex ecosystems. —Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize(2011-09-26)
In her new book, Eating Dirt, [Charlotte Gill] questions whether the intricate relationships between species that have developed over centuries in old-growth forests can be replaced through the efforts of an army of shovels. —Canadian Geographic(2011-09-27)
Charlotte Gill recalls a season of tree planting, meditates on the cold, the heat, the bugs, the bears, the glories of old forests and earthy kinship in her memoir, Eating Dirt. —Leslie Scrivener, Toronto Star(2011-10-01)
For Charlotte Gill there are no more hips bruised from carrying bags of trees, no more blistered heels, legs rubbed hairless from chafing, no more encounters with bears sniffing at the wild air, no more falling into blurry, wine-dark taverns in lumber towns, but for readers, there is this book, this experience, this gift . . . —Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun(2011-10-02)
About the Author
Charlotte Gill is the author of the story collection Ladykiller, a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and winner of the Danuta Gleed Award and the B.C. Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in many Canadian magazines, Best Canadian Stories, and The Journey Prize Stories, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Her narrative non-fiction has been nominated for Western and National Magazine Awards. She lives in Powell River, British Columbia.
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The quality of the descriptive stuff was so good I was tempted to give it 5 stars.
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