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Oliver, Mary, 1935-

This is a book that will take you on a trip to the outside world. Inspired by Walt Whitman, Author Mary Oliver sets out to live in nature for a set amount of time and writes about her experiences, what she sees, feels, and does.

Among many her many adventures she chronicles diving into the stillness of a lake, observing the prowling of a fox on its prey, enduring the harshness of winter nights, and finding food outdoors. Opening your eyes to see nature through hers, Oliver paints nearly fantastic scenes.

I read this title because I love poetry. I picked it up, opened it to a random page, and instantly was lost in a world different from the room I was standing in. I was almost teleported to the river she was writing about.

I recommend this book because it inspires you to go outside and experience nature. Having read some of Whitman's writing, I believe Oliver did a great job emulating him in her own poetry. Also, if poetry is something you are looking for this book is a good one. 

By Dalia Rodriguez
Submitted: August 27, 2017