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The Prophet of Dry Hill

Lessons From a Life in Nature

Author: David Gessner

David Gessner had always known of John Hay. A nature-writing legend, author of fifteen books, Hay was something of a hero to the younger Gessner. But it wasn’t until he returned to his childhood home on Cape Cod that Gessner befriended the older man. At first, Gessner thought he might write a biography of a writer he admired, but Hay became more friend than subject, and Gessner’s book became a dramatic record of what the young man learned from his elder. The Prophet of Dry Hill is the beautifully written and compelling story of their year together. But more than just a book about friendship, it’s a lyrical testament to the importance of living a life connected to the wild. John Hay lived deeply on one piece of land on Cape Cod for sixty years. As a consequence, he has much to tell Gessner, and us, about the importance of cultivating deep connections to the land we live on. His words speak to our forgotten need for space and for reaching beyond ourselves to the world outside. In our increasingly frenetic world, a life like John Hay’s—rooted, connected to the natural world, wild—provides a radical counterpoint to our screen-filled existence.
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“This book is an enormous gift, an act of preservation as important as any chunk of land purchased by the Nature Conservancy.”
—Bill McKibben

“For people who truly live there, Cape Cod is not a place but a religion. And for many, the environmentalist John Hay is its prophet.”
—Amanda Heller, Boston Globe

“A tender, luminous book . . . a picture of the young writer as pilgrim, seeking to connect with a living tradition even as it slips away, and in the process, discovering a new story of his own.”
—John Tallmadge, Orion

1. On Dry Hill

2. A Good-Luck Gannet Day

3. The Use of Elders

4. Digging In

5. An Elemental Life

6. In Retreat

7. The Source

8. Exodus

Epilogue: The Prophet Down the Road

The Prophet of Dry Hill

ISBN: 978-080700598-9
Publication Date: 5/1/2018
Size:5.5 x 8.25 Inches (US)
Price:  $20.00
Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock.
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