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Ceremonial Time

Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile

John Hanson Mitchell

“Ceremonial time” occurs when past, present, and future can be perceived simultaneously. Experienced only rarely, usually during ritual dance, this escape from linear time is the vehicle for John Mitchell’s extraordinary writing. In this, his most magical book, he traces the life of a single square mile in New England, from the last ice age through years of human history, including bear shamans, colonists, witches, local farmers, and encroaching industrial “parks.”

Paper: $19.95 | E-book: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9781611684889
Pages: 256 | Size: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
Date Published: August 6, 2013
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“I can think of no book that provides so personal and yet so comprehensive a view of America, past, present, and potentially, future.”

The New York Times Book Review

Reviews

  • Astonishing immediacy . . . as though Sherlock Holmes had set out to verify Grey’s musings in his country churchyard. . . . An unqualified success . . . I can think of no book that provides so personal and yet so comprehensive a view of America, past, present, and potentially, future.

    New York Times Book Review
  • A fine Thoreavian ramble… the book has real beauty and quiet power:…

    Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

John Hanson Mitchell

John Hanson Mitchell is the author of five books based on a single square mile known as Scratch Flat, as well as two travel books and the biography of the early African American landscape photographer Robert A. Gilbert. A winner of the John Burroughs Award for his nature essays, Mitchell was founder and editor of Sanctuary magazine, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 2000 he won the New England Book Award in nonfiction for his Scratch Flat series. He lives in …

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