A new book by Ellen Stroud, who is an associate professor in Bryn Mawr’s Growth and Structure of Cities Department and the director of the Environmental Studies Program, has been named one of the top five history books of 2012 by the History News Network.
Stroud’s book, Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast, came in number four on the list, which includes such notable titles as The Passage of Power, the latest installment of Robert Caro’s acclaimed biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, and David Nasaw’s best-selling The Patriarch, both of which were named to The New York Times list of the ten best books of 2012.
News of the list was also reported on The New York Times’ Arts Beat blog.
About Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast (from the publisher)
The once denuded northeastern United States is now a region of trees. Nature Next Door argues that the growth of cities, the construction of parks, the transformation of farming, the boom in tourism, and changes in the timber industry have together brought about a return of northeastern forests. Although historians and historical actors alike have seen urban and rural areas as distinct, they are in fact intertwined, and the dichotomies of farm and forest, agriculture and industry, and nature and culture break down when the focus is on the history of northeastern woods. Cities, trees, mills, rivers, houses, and farms are all part of a single, transformed, regional landscape. (more)