Things That Are

Things That Are: Essays by Amy Leach

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This little volume contains essays about the natural world that are really wonderful, as in full of wonder. Leach chose every word carefully and playfully. She toys whimsically with words, for example, the names of several flowers that contain the word “love.” Her gorgeous language lulled me into a meditative mood as I read. The research behind this little collection was pretty impressive. I learned quite a bit about lots of different animals and plants: lizards and lilies, caterpillars and pandas. But Leach also takes outer space as her subject in several of the essays, so that her writing is both a microscope and a telescope zooming all the way in on insects and all the way out to the stars.

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