Sippewissett -- Or, Life on a Salt Marsh by Tim Traver, Chelsea Green '06, $22.50, 250 pages, ISBN #1-933392-14-2. Bibliography, no source notes, index or illustrations.
Tim Traver's love song to a salt marsh is a successor in a line of works that include William Least Heat-Moon's Prairy Erth, a paean to the tallgrass prairies of south central Kansas and the rural way of life of which they are such an integral part. Sippewissett, on the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is a world away from Kansas but in some ways is a duplicate of it.
For both authors stand in awe at the complex ecology of these natural environments, interweaving history and science with memoir and inducing their readers to plumb their attachments to flora and fauna as well as to family and friends who have formed their history around and within them. With that as backdrop, they both make us step back and re-examine what our response ought to be to the pressures of development that endanger ways of life from time immemorial.