Wile Rides & Wildflowers: Caveat Lector

There’s a very nice review of the book in this morning’s Deseret News (or Deseret Snooze as my friend Elaine Jarvik — their best writer until they downsized her — calls it).

As the newspaper always does, it warns potential readers:

“The book contains moderate swearing throughout and has occasional mild references to sex.”

Moderate and mild won’t sell many books, I tell Sam.

The author of the review, Elizabeth Currey, is a generous reader:

“Abbott is a professor of philosophy and is a German literature scholar, and Rushforth is an ecology professor and botanist. The authors manage to weave together two such disparate subjects as philosophy and botany with skill, ease and a dose of humor.

“Though it’s tempting to gloss over the detailed, often technical descriptions of flora and fauna, that would be a mistake. These passages and their subjects often become metaphors and life lessons, and some of the most poignant observations come mixed in with these sections on wildflowers.

“Likewise, the book becomes about more than riding bikes and admiring nature throughout the four seasons. It also provides an intimate glimpse into the minds and hearts of two men, and the outcome is both surprising and refreshing.”

Read the entire review HERE.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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