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Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57131-319-5
Pages: 408
Publish Date: February 2011
Genre: Nonfiction

The Colors of Nature

Culture, Identity, and the Natural World

BY Lauret E. Savoy, Alison H. Deming

From African American to Asian American, indigenous to immigrant, “multiracial” to “mixedblood,” the diversity of cultures in today’s world is reflected in our richly various stories—stories of creation and destruction, displacement and heartbreak, hope and mystery. For centuries, this richness has been widely overlooked by readers of environmental literature.

Including work from more than thirty contributors of widely diverse backgrounds, this collection works against the grain of this traditional blind spot by exploring the relationship between culture and place, emphasizing the lasting value of cultural heritage, and revealing how this wealth of perspectives is essential to building a livable future.

Bracing, provocative, and profoundly illuminating, The Colors of Nature provides an antidote to the despair so often accompanying the intersection of cultural diversity and ecological awareness.

The Colors of Nature comes in four alternating-color covers: red, yellow, green, and blue.



• Reading The Colors of Nature with your class? Consider using this Teaching Guide.

Editorial ReviewGoodreads Review

“[An] unprecedented and invaluable collection of forthright and bracing essays by writers of diverse cultural origins and disciplinary backgrounds."


The Colors of Nature taps into the prose of writers of color in the largely white world of nature writing.”

Publishers Weekly

“An illuminating read for anyone interested in the future of American nature and environmental journalism.”

Bloomsbury Review


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Lauret E. Savoy

Lauret E. Savoy is the editor of many books on the relationship between humans and nature, including The Colors of Nature. She is also the director of Mount Holyoke College's Center for the Environment.

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