The Paradise of All These Parts

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Through observations of modern-day Boston, a veteran nature writer recounts the city's natural past, from volcanic eruptions to reclaimed parksHow much does the current landscape of Boston, Massachusetts, resemble the land mass known as the Shawmut Peninsula, where it was conceived and built hundreds of years ago-a place that Captain John Smith referred to in 1614 as "the Paradise of all these parts"? John Hanson Mitchell explores a variety of habitats as he ranges outward from the core of the peninsula where the Puritans first settled to the ancient rim of the Boston Basin, within which the modern city now lies.The Paradise of All These Partsoffers a unique perspective on one of America's most historic cities. It combines natural history that never fails to entertain and inform with beautiful language and a wealth of fascinating facts about the natural and not-so-natural world of Boston.

Author Biography

John Hanson Mitchell concentrated much of his earlier early work, including, most famously, Ceremonial Time, on a square-mile tract of land known as Scratch Flat, located thirty-five miles northwest of Boston. He is the author of numerous books and editor of the award-winning magazine Sanctuary, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mitchell lives in Littleton, Massachusetts.

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