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Traveling the World While at Home

Guest Post by June Calender

While “sheltering in place,” I’m taking a serious look at the natural world through what I’m reading.

I began with Robert Macfarlane’s nonfiction Underland which explores the world of fungi and root systems under forests then goes much, much deeper in caves all over the world. I am a claustrophobic and had many breathless moments but survived with a sense of awe.

That was followed by Richard Powers’s novel, The Overstory, which is about old growth forests and people trying to save them.

Trapped in my apartment, I have still been able to see many parts of the world in depth.

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane. W. W. Norton & Company, June 2019.
The Overstory by Richard Powers. W. W. Norton & Company, April 2019.

Reviewer bio: June Calender retired to Cape Cod after 20+ years as an off-off-Broadway playwright in NYC. She now teaches writing skills at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Cape Cod Community College. Her work has been published in various small journals.

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