☆ Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness || ↠ PDF Read by ↠ Nathanael Johnson
Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM By Nathanael Johnson

It all started with Nathanael Johnson s decision to teach his daughter the name of every tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco This project turned into a quest to discover the secrets of the neighborhood s flora and fauna, and yielded than names and trivia Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighbors.Johnson argues that learningIt all started with Nathanael Johnson s decision to teach his daughter the name of every tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco This project turned into a quest to discover the secrets of the neighborhood s flora and fauna, and yielded than names and trivia Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighbors.Johnson argues that learning to see the world afresh, like a child, shifts the way we think about nature Instead of something distant and abstract, nature becomes real all at once comical, annoying, and beautiful This shift can add tremendous value to our lives, and it might just be the first step in saving the world.No matter where we live city, country, oceanside, ormountains there are wonders that we walk past every day Unseen City widens the pinhole of our perspective by allowing us to view the world from the high altitude eyes of a turkey vulture and the distinctly low altitude eyes of a snail The narrative allows us to eavesdrop on the comically frenetic life of a squirrel and peer deep into the past with a ginkgo biloba tree Each of these organisms has something unique to tell us about our neighborhoods and, chapter by chapter, Unseen City takes us on a journey that is part nature lesson and part love letter to the world s urban jungles With the right perspective, a walk to the subway can be every bit as entrancing as a walk through a national park.
  • Title: Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness
  • Author: Nathanael Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781623363857
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover

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Jan Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
The publisher's blurb serves as a nice intro, but this book is so much more. Included here are some fascinating tidbits: pigeons were once a symbol of affluence; in places abandoned by humans(like the Scottish isle of St. Kilda) the pigeons have gone extinct; racing pigeons (which can travel up to 110 mph) have sold for more than $300,000 PER BIRD. The author eases us into becoming more aware of individual aspects of our local flora (think Euell Gibbons) whether "weeds" or trees, and fauna ( fro [...]
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Tom Schulte Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
In San Francisco and Berkeley, the author seeks to light a fire of science in his daughter's visions for the future. Along the way both of them full in love with magnifying, observing, and learning about urban flora and fauna. Who knew there were so much mystifying and impressive about pigeons, including they are here because of 18th Century hobbyists? Weeds you can eat, the activities of squirrels including drey architecture. Insights into the languages of birds from some of the scientific cont [...]
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Storyheart Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Meh. There were a few interesting tidbits here but the author's endless droning on about his kid and his seeming fear of natural things made it a boring read. A much better book for those interested in learning more about the nature in our backyards and parks is The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.
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Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk) Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Nature is trendy. Everyone wants to write about discovering it all over again, about animals, plants, natural magic hidden all around us. Yet, these publications don't bring nothing new on the table - same old news, same curiosities written all over again, in different words, with different covers. Nathanael Johnson's book is nice, sweet and easy to read, however one must remember that Nathanael Johnson is just like everyone else - he is not a specialist, he's an amatour, with binoculars, and n [...]
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Emily Crow Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
I stopped reading this book after a couple of chapters because I was getting annoyed by the organization and writing style. I think I'm just the wrong audience, but I wanted more actual information and fewer "cute" stories about his preschool daughter and comments about how he used to think pigeons were sooooo gross before he started to observe them. And yet, I would definitely recommend this book to other people, because I can see how it could inspire them to take a closer look at their own nei [...]
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Barbara Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
This is the most fascinating, delightful book that I have read this year. Most people do not pay attention to all the living beings around them in their suburban, city world. Sure, we notice other humans, but what about all the birds, bugs, weeds, squirrels, etc? The author takes you into this world and gives you incredible information that you would have never guessed. Such an interesting read, that would be even better if you share it with your children. This book was very timely for me, as I [...]
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Stacey Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Oh man I loved this book so much. Especially pertinent to me because he's talking about things I see every day in the Bay Area. He answers those curiosities you didn't even know you had, but had probably registered below the surface. I did want to know why pigeon's feet are all messed up! I did want to know why there are so many crows around my neighborhood! It's refreshing to be a bit curious about the things I see every day and see them in a new light.
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Ryan Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
This book is about all of the animals that you see but never really noticeThe snail, the crow, the squirrel, all the things that you pass on your way to work and don't really give any thought to. This book made me think about these animals in great detail and the role they play in daily life. This was a informative book full of keen observations and an appreciation of nature.
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Ocean Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
i'm already fairly observant but this book made me even more aware of my surroundings, which is only a good thing. I learned some facts about ants and crows that made me laugh out loud. wish there was less pigeon-bashing, but I'm used to that :/
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Claire Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
I feel like I quite possibly wished this book into existence. Interesting nerdy details about the wildlife around the average city dweller - including ginkgoes and crows? Yes please!
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Dosia Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Wow I loved this! Inspiring and well researched it threw fascinating facts at me. I want to read more on urban nature! I want to explore! Is there a local birdwatching group near me? I need to join.God I'm so unbelievably PUMPED
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Abe Schmidt Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Encourages Self-awareness and enjoying the world around you. I'm now obsessed with identifying edible plants in my Seattle neighborhood , have a new found appreciation for squirrels , ants and snails, love bird ID'ing and practically worship the magnificent specimen that we call the Crow. To the author: Thank you for making my world more amazing.
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Sarah Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
What a fun, informative (without being dry or tedious) read! I learned a lot of neat trivia about animals and plants that I don't normally think about even though they are all around me. I had no idea crows had such a great sense of humor. I never realized how smart and hardy pigeons are. I didn't realize ants functioned as nearly one mind. This is a short read, really just a glimpse, of some everyday animals, plants and trees that we see without seeing nearly everyday.
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Heidrun Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
I live in a big city. Nature is still there. The author reminds me to look for it.
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Jen Vaughn Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Little snippets of exploring your world and learning to grow with synanthropes, the flora and fauna that thrive best in our urban world. This was an instant buy after hearing the author on RadioLab!
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Nancy Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Enjoyed this book which was written to help us appreciate our urban nature that we usually ignore from pigeons to ants to snails. Interesting. Well written. Well documented.
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Ellen Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
A light book on the omnipresent yet often ignored elements of urban ecosystems. Crows! Ants! Snails! Not aimed at hardcore naturalists or scientists, I still learned a few tidbits and was energized by the author's aim to "re-enchant" his readers with "the magic of the real."Recognizing that this is a galley proof that I received generously from Giveaway, the chapter on squirrels repeatedly spelled Olmsted (Frederick Law) incorrectly. Hopefully that has been fixed.
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Sylvia Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
My favorite nonfiction books are those that are filled with fascinating little nuggets of information you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Unseen City is one of these books. Within days of its publication, Minnesota Public Radio interviewed Nathanael Johnson about this book and after hearing him, I knew I had to read it. The only problem is that I read most of it in the absence of someone with whom to share its lore.
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David Schwan Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
The author writes about a collection of plants, animals and insects that exist in many American urban environments. The chapter about Ginko tree's was apt as we have a large female tree overhanging our patio area and over the last three years the tree came to sexual maturity and is loaded with Ginko nuts every year. The author and his young daughter look at a nature in a refreshing way.
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Len Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
I received this book via Giveaways. The book is a 'just deep enough, just short enough' description of city-dwelling plants and animals; there's enough info on the 'species' and enough of the author (and his interaction with/relationship to 'the wonders of the urban wilderness') to be well-balanced. Not hilarious (nor should it be), but good fun.
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Sara Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
I liked this little book. I feel that I had much respect for crowd, squirrels and snails, but this book has reminded me to make sure my kids feel the same. My daughters are very fond of spiders, but I'd like them to feel the same about the noble pigeon too.
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Portia Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
I won this book on , and I'm glad I did. Mr. Johnson writes of things we usually ignorebut should not. He makes the commonplace (crows, snails, trees for example) come to our attention in a way I would not have believed possible. A very enjoyable book.
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Sarah Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Yes. More books like this one.
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Abbie Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
A fast, somewhat entertaining read, but not what I expected. I did learn some things but was mostly surprised at how unobservant the average person must be according to this book.
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Tracy Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
In Unseen City, Nathanael Johnson works to dispel the notion that nature exists only in the wilderness and to open the eyes of city dwellers to the natural wonder that is all around them. Starting with a desire to give his young daughter more satisfactory answers than, “A tree. Another tree. Yet another tree,” to her insistent, “What that?” queries, Johnson sets out to learn about the plants and animals with which he shares the habitat of San Francisco. The book consists of chapters trea [...]
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Becky B Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Nathanael Johnson's little daughter helped him realize he was missing many of the plants and animals that surrounded him right in the middle of San Francisco. He writes his observations and the things he learned as he started to research the living world around him. The highlights of this book to me were Johnson's discoveries about the lack of follow up research on invasive species and what he discovered from the research that has been done (it's not as awful as we often first think). He also ha [...]
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Danita L Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Rating 3, hmmm, that says I liked it. But this is where it gets a bit sticky. The book is enjoyable to read. Johnson writes in a colloquial manner and in that way, it is quite enjoyable as he has a great sense of humor and he communicates quite well. But he rambles a bit - he includes his daughter and then he doesn't include her - and the structure of the book is affected as well the reader's ability to follow along. I enjoyed it. Unseen City was like a book between books for me - something to j [...]
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Patricia Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Nathaniel Johnson lives in Berkeley and has a new baby who as soon as she learns to speak, wants to know as so many other babies learning to speak before her, the names of things, and in general what things are. Father and daughter walk around town, and it occurs to the father that there is more to be learned than just the names of trees and plants and birds and what kind of tree? How does it produce seeds, how long has it existed in the world, how many years old is this individual specimen?Insp [...]
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prima Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
I found this book so charming.I was halfway there with Johnson before even reading. I love my neighborhood crows, I love the pigeons in the city center, I love watching the vultures on the sides of the highway. I've always been enchanted by urban gardens and the trees around me.I was not a fan of ants, snails, or other creepy crawlies, however. But Johnson, with his easy to read prose and personal anecdotes, made me emphasize with these creatures, and sparked an interest in things I always consi [...]
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Cindy Dyson Eitelman Sep 21, 2020 - 06:08 AM
Perfect airplane/boat/train/[your choice here] reading. Light, short, and engaging; plus and you get to learn the mathematical pattern of a snail's shell, the reason pigeons usually have deformed feet, and the appeal of stinky ginkgo trees.Warn your co-travelers before starting--you're going to be interrupting them with annoying informational tidbits. You'll become the "Did you know?" bore in the break room. I didn't read it while traveling but I did sneak it in during restroom trips at work. In [...]
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Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness By Nathanael Johnson It all started with Nathanael Johnson s decision to teach his daughter the name of every tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco This project turned into a quest to discover the secrets of the neighborhood s flora and fauna, and yielded than names and trivia Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighbors.Johnson argues that learningIt all started with Nathanael Johnson s decision to teach his daughter the name of every tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco This project turned into a quest to discover the secrets of the neighborhood s flora and fauna, and yielded than names and trivia Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighbors.Johnson argues that learning to see the world afresh, like a child, shifts the way we think about nature Instead of something distant and abstract, nature becomes real all at once comical, annoying, and beautiful This shift can add tremendous value to our lives, and it might just be the first step in saving the world.No matter where we live city, country, oceanside, ormountains there are wonders that we walk past every day Unseen City widens the pinhole of our perspective by allowing us to view the world from the high altitude eyes of a turkey vulture and the distinctly low altitude eyes of a snail The narrative allows us to eavesdrop on the comically frenetic life of a squirrel and peer deep into the past with a ginkgo biloba tree Each of these organisms has something unique to tell us about our neighborhoods and, chapter by chapter, Unseen City takes us on a journey that is part nature lesson and part love letter to the world s urban jungles With the right perspective, a walk to the subway can be every bit as entrancing as a walk through a national park.

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