Staff Recommendations from Elliott Bay

Few writers are able to reveal the natural world’s intricacies with prose so ravishing, fanciful and evocative as Ms. Ackerman can. In her newest book she offers a feast of facts, images and ideas, in these seasonally arranged essays based on the theme of dawn. The behaviors of animals, birds, humans at daybreak, the inspiration experienced by painters such as Monet, and our many sunrise-centered myths and rituals are a few of the subjects explored. With joyful contemplation we should be able, as the author puts it, “to enchant ourselves by paying attention.” –Erica