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Divining, a Memoir in Trees (Made in Michigan Writers)

Divining, a Memoir in Trees (Made in Michigan Writers)

Current price: $19.99
Publication Date: February 21st, 2023
Wayne State University Press
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Essays exploring the intimate yet universal intersection of one human life with trees.

A 2024 selection by the Sierra Club, Wisconsin Chapter Book Club

In sixteen essays, each named after a species of tree, Maureen Dunphy explores the nature of human-arboreal relationships, and how each of these trees has--literally--served as a friend, a confidante, or a place to rest. The depth and diversity of these relationships are revealed through essays that are both intimate and universal, moving and informative. While Dunphy's relationships with trees are unique and personal, her work reveals the deep-rooted complexity that connects all of humanity to our staunch, upright companions in life, the members of the "Standing Nation." Beyond providing oxygen, food, and shelter, trees can be sites of emotional refuge, sources of intellectual enrichment, and a boon to physical, mental, and spiritual health.

With essays, such as "Stairway to Heaven: The American Sycamore" and "Rocky Mountain High: The Colorado Pinyon," Dunphy gives readers many ways to reimagine our relationships with nature and self. Within reflections of her personal experience, she skillfully integrates scientific facts to achieve a balance of passion and practicality. While technology, screens, and the stress of the modern world directs our attention elsewhere, Dunphy brings the reader back to the trees right outside our windows.

About the Author

Maureen Dunphy is the author of Great Lakes Island Escapes (Wayne State University Press, 2016), which received the 2017 Michigan Notable Book Award, and All About the Great Lakes. She leads writing workshops privately and for Springfed Arts and, through Dunphy Consulting Services, coaches writers and provides professional editing. Dunphy lives in the Detroit metropolitan area.