Divining, a Memoir in Trees

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In sixteen essays, each named after a species of tree, Maureen Dunphy explores the nature of human-arboreal relationships, and how each of these trees has-literally-served as a friend, a confidante, or a place to rest. The depth and diversity of these relationships are revealed through essays that are both intimate and universal, moving and informative. While Dunphy's relationships with trees are unique and personal, her work reveals the deep-rooted complexity that connects all of humanity to our staunch, upright companions in life, the members of the "Standing Nation." Beyond providing oxygen, food, and shelter, trees can be sites of emotional refuge, sources of intellectual enrichment, and a boon to physical, mental, and spiritual health.

With essays, such as "Stairway to Heaven: The American Sycamore" and "Rocky Mountain High: The Colorado Pinyon," Dunphy gives readers many ways to reimagine our relationships with nature and self. Within reflections of her personal experience, she skillfully integrates scientific facts to achieve a balance of passion and practicality. While technology, screens, and the stress of the modern world directs our attention elsewhere, Dunphy brings the reader back to the trees right outside our windows.

Divining is printed on recycled paper.

Author: Maureen Dunphy
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Published: 02/21/2023
Series: Made in Michigan Writers
Pages: 200
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.60w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780814348420

Review Citation(s):
Foreword 12/27/2022
Library Journal 02/01/2023 pg. 96

About the Author
Maureen Dunphy is the author of Great Lakes Island Escapes (Wayne State University Press, 2016), which received the 2017 Michigan Notable Book Award, and All About the Great Lakes. She leads writing workshops privately and for Springfed Arts and, through Dunphy Consulting Services, coaches writers and provides professional editing. Dunphy lives in the Detroit metropolitan area.