Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family's Year on the Water, in the Woods and at the Table (Hardcover)

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By Dylan Tomine, Thomas McGuane (Foreword by), Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
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Bainbridge writer Dylan Tomine gets his hands dirty, but his mind cleared and life focused in this impassioned yet charming memoir about a year teaching his two young children to live close to the glorious riches of our delicate planet. Tomine’s family of four experience wisdom, heartache, and great joy as they plant, forage, and play in their garden, in the woods, and on the beaches and waters of Puget Sound. His deft writing makes even chapters on firewood poetic! Tomine’s generous love and respect for the natural world, whether out on his boat fishing or at home making mouth-watering meals, exemplifies a deep understanding of what stewardship of our planet should be, and has me wistful for a do-over of my own kids’ younger days! ~ Victoria

— From Victoria


Closer to the Ground is the deeply personal story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children, not through the indoor lens of words or pictures, but directly, palpably, by exploring the natural world as they forage, cook and eat from the woods and sea. With illustrations by Nikki McClure.

This compelling, masterfully written tale follows Dylan Tomine and his family through four seasons as they hunt chanterelles, fish for salmon, dig clams and gather at the kitchen table, mouths watering, to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Closer to the Ground captures the beauty and surprise of the natural world--and the ways it teaches us how to live--with humor, gratitude and a nose for adventure as keen as a child's. It is a book filled with weather, natural history and many delicious meals.

About the Author

Dylan Tomine, formerly a fly fishing guide, is now a writer, conservation advocate, blueberry farmer and father, not necessarily in that order. His work has appeared in the "Flyfish Journal, "the "Drake," "Golfweek," the" New York Times" and numerous other publications. He lives with his family on an island in Puget Sound.

Nikki McClure of Olympia, Washington is known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts. Armed with an X-acto knife, she cuts out her images from a single sheet of paper and creates a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781938340000
ISBN-10: 1938340000
Publisher: Patagonia
Publication Date: October 15th, 2012
Pages: 230
Language: English