Book details
Down East Books
Page count:
Electronic Book
9 in x 6 in

More Than Meets the Eye

Exploring Nature and Loss on the Coast of Maine

Margie Patlak

About this book

Winner of the American Society of Journalists and Authors Award in the memoir/autobiography category!

For award-winning science writer Margie Patlak, exploring the unique nature of the Maine coast opens a door to deeper ties and insights. Watching a striped monarch caterpillar transform into a chartreuse pendant dabbed with gold, she realizes the limits of life and what is passed between generations. Tides show how fleeting time is, and clouds and weather reveal greater forces that take away all illusions of control. She also explores the continental collisions that thrust up and fractured Maine’s mountains; digs into the latest scientific thinking on how animals navigate; and exults in the dizzy dance of plankton under the microscope. Even moose, fox, and fishers reveal more than meets the eye.These facets of the natural world speak a hidden language Patlak translates with her scientific knowledge and reflection. Nature begins to speak about the nature of life.

About this author
Margie Patlak is an award-winning science writer who has written over two hundred

articles about the environment, neuroscience, biomedical research, and technology for

popular publications such as Discover magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles

Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and many others; and her personal essays have

appeared in a number of literary journals and newspapers. She has degress in Botany and

Environmental Studies and divides her time between Philadelphia and Corea, Maine.