The suburban lawn sprouts a crop of contradictory myths. To some, it's a green oasis; to others, it's eco-purgatory. Science writer Hannah Holmes spent a year appraising the lawn through the eyes of the squirrels, crows, worms, and spiders who think of her backyard as their own. Suburban Safari is a fascinating and often hilarious record of her discoveries: that many animals adore the suburban environment, including bears and cougars venturing in from the woods; how plants, in their struggle for dominance, communicate with their own kind and battle other species; and that ways already exist for us to grow healthier, livelier lawns.
"Holmes sends even the most jaded urbanite out into the yard with a magnifying glass and a newly forged sense of awe One of the most unusual, entertaining, effortlessly educational homages to nature since Euell Gibbons ate a pine tree."
--Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" "Witty environmentalists are as rare as shy politicians. But in "Suburban Safari," Hannah Holmes laughs at herself while celebrating the wild kingdom she explores...Holmes is a science writer who doesn't lecture. She shares the joy of discovery about the secret lives of ants, spiders and crows." "The writing is punchy and chock-full of strange and wonderful facts...Holmes makes it seem utterly commonplace to invite a chipmunk into one's home or spend the afternoon observing slugs." "Holmes' backyard assumes strange, oversize proportions in the course of this fascinating book: the Bamboo Wilderness, the Insect Nation, the Freedom Lawn--who needs Mongolia?" "Witty, imaginative, and powerful...Holmes is a Rachel Carson for 21st-century suburbia. A" "Witty, imaginative, and powerful.Holmes is a Rachel Carson for 21st-century suburbia. A"