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Friday, July 22, 2005

Dr. Joan MaloofCelebrates the American Forest in New Book

class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Joan Maloof, biology faculty at Salisbury University, celebrates the rich variety of the American forest in her new book of essays, Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest, which has earned critical plaudits from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. She reads from her new work 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Salisbury.

class=""MsoNormal"">Both scholars and critics have lauded this new book, published by the University of Georgia Press. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a beguiling walk in the woods.” Booklist hails it as “a gem.”

class=""MsoNormal"">“Walk along with Maloof through a forest and you will see, hear and smell stories better than anything on the Discovery Channel or, for that matter, in the Brothers Grimm,” says author Gary Paul Nabhan. “These are parables to live with, authored by a storyteller-biologist who is one part Thoreau on fruits, one part Alcock on insects and one part Rilke on poetry.”

class=""MsoNormal"">“Maloof combines science, heart and spirit as a wonderful reminder of how important, special and sacred trees are to us and to our world,” says activist Julia Butterfly Hill. “Use this book as your call to action to conserve, protect and restore our Earth’s trees and forests.”

class=""MsoNormal"">Author Carl Safina agrees: “The heartwood of this book harbors a kind of genius in fine and even grain: the power to look at the familiar and reveal for us its magic as for the very first time. From deep and soulful roots this book rises into a work of love and wonder, crowned by a high, overarching intelligence that changes forever our wide view of the surrounding world.” Maloof’s reading is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at "

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