The University of Wisconsin Press
Memoir / Environment / Natural History / Wisconsin
This Tender Place
The Story of a Wetland Year
"Lawlor has a remarkably transparent style, the perfect vehicle for capturing the subtle beauty of the fen, a rare and precious form of wetland fed by underground springs . . . [the] book teems with hidden life and significant observations, as she reveals the beauty and inestimable value of an often-maligned but truly essential natural landscape."
After the deaths of her father and father-in-law, Laurie Lawlor discovers an unlikely place for healing and transformation in a wetland in southeastern Wisconsina landscape of abundant and sometimes inaccessible beauty that has often been ignored, misunderstood, and threatened by human destruction. In her personal wetland journey, she examines the sky, delves underwater, and peers between sedges in all seasons and all times of day. An engaging and deeply intimate record, This Tender Place is, at its heart, a story of refuge and renewal refracted through the lens of life within wetlandsamong the most productive, yet most endangered, ecosystems in the world.
"This Tender Place parallels Lawlor's personal growth and spiritual regeneration with that of the wetland and challenges the reader to look twice at the natural resources that surround us yet are so often taken for granted."—Nature Conservancy magazine
"In the wetlands of southeast Wisconsin, Lawlor initiates a genuine relationship with the land. From spring peepers to sandhill cranes, there is an unyielding sense of her direct participation with nature, and through her encounters and descriptions one feels a new sense of belonging—a continuity with all life through time."—Nina Leopold Bradley
Laurie Lawlor is the author of thirty-three books for children and adults, among them Addie Across the Prairie and Window on the West: The Frontier Photography of William Henry Jackson. Her books have received accolades including the Carl Sandburg Award for Children's Literature, the Golden Kite Honor Book for Nonfiction award, and the American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults award. She teaches writing at Columbia College in Chicago.
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LC: 2005005447 QH
190 pp. 6 x 9
20 b/w photos, 2 drawings
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" 'This is my first memoir. I was trained as a journalist, so I got a little nervous going this route,' Lawlor says of using herself as the 'anchor' of the book. 'But it did seem a natural way to tell three stories simultaneously, the land, the people and my own dealing with grief and reconciliation,' Lawlor found that 'getting to know a piece of land so well, and the animals and the plants, can be very cathartic.' "
—Book News/Isthmus Books Quarterly
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