paper, 147 pp., $18.00
Nature is all around us, not just in remote places, the authors remind us in this cleverly written work by ecology experts. In short chapters, they urge readers to study the relationships between animal life and mankind, starting first with the immediate scene, the house and garden. Readers may proceed next to the larger setting, the urban community. They draw attention to exotic creatures that invade the environment and will eventually harm native plants and animals. This book, translated from the French (originally entitled Écologie en ville) by Beatrix Beisner, is not only a guide to ever present nature, but also a subtle reminder to care for the natural world that gives us so much pleasure.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden