A collection of essays on various topics by various authors. They have in common a certain mediative tone, of things pondered deeply. A convincing tone.
On topics from family members, to writing and reading, to what Isak Dinesen thought a flower arrangement should be, and how New York City's closest approach to a meadow is the flower market, to places, to a grandfather who never turned a tangle in his yard to a lawn because he needed paths, and a woman who gathered plants for dyes there, whom the girl thought was a witch -- a benevolent one, but still a witch -- and thought her home should be furnished with furniture from shipwreck.
A good collection.