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Dylan Tomine
About Closer to the Ground
Closer to the Ground is the deeply personal story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children, not through the indoor lens of words or pictures, but directly, palpably, by exploring the natural world together as they forage, cook and eat from the woods and sea.

This compelling, masterfully written tale follows Dylan Tomine and his family through four seasons as they hunt chanterelles, fish for salmon, dig clams and gather at the kitchen table, mouths watering, to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Closer to the Ground captures the beauty and surprise of the natural world and the ways it teaches us how to live with humor, gratitude and a nose for adventure as keen as a child's. It is a book filled with weather, natural history and many delicious meals.


"Dylan Tomine's Closer to the Ground is a pleasure to read, depicting as it does the days and seasons of a family intent on living joyfully, and providing at the same time a lively meditation on our relationship to nature. I found its buoyant, irrepressible, self-deprecating tone entirely winning, and was drawn in, happily, from page one."    --David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars

"So this is leading by example, and the quiet message is to learn to live with the things that really matter; the eternal things about the earth, and about each other." --from the foreword by Thomas McGuane

"...an eloquent chronicle of a likable family's attempt to live a more nature-centric life...Tomine writes with respect and humor...refreshingly unsanctimonious...a lovely homage to the oldest seductress around: Mother Nature." --The Washington Post

"Tomine weaves his memoir with lyrical passages, family dialogues and accounts of gathering shellfish and chanterelles as well as delicious descriptions of cooking them in an engaging, slightly self-deprecating tone. Closer to the Ground inspires readers to examine their own daily lives and rediscover their surroundings." --Shelf Awareness

"...lush and visceral...Tomine finds a middle way, a way for regular people to live a little more consciously in a world that underpins the contrails and Twitter feeds of our twenty-first-century civilization." --Orion


The Washington Post <9.26.12>

Shelf Awareness <10.23.12>

Publishers Weekly <10.29.12>

Outside <11.19.12>

Orion <March/April 2013> 

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Paperback second edition with color photos and recipes. Available September, 2015
Hardcover first edition with original paper-cut illustrations by Nikki McClure