This book was a revelation. Eiseley is a scientist first, but he writes like a poet. Each one of the essays in this collection shows an amazing sensitivity for the natural world and the creatures who live in it. He especially tangles with what it means to be a human being, our galaxies of living cells contained with us at the same time we are part of a larger web of life. Whether he's communing with a fox or watching a man rescue beached sea stars by throwing them back into deeper water, Eiseley is not afraid to look well beyond the surface of life. A small collection of his poetry is included as well.