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Book Nook: How to Catch a Mole - Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature by Marc Hamer


Last spring I received an advance copy of a memoir by Marc Hamer. Marc lives in Wales in the United Kingdom. When I first glanced at the book I thought; why on earth would I want to read about how to catch moles? The whole notion seemed bizarre?

Then I started reading it and was immediately drawn in. While there is plenty in the book about catching moles this is much more than that. Hamer has written an ode to nature. It is meditative and reflective and poetic. He ponders the changing of the seasons and his own mortality. And he finally decides that his mole catching days are over.

This is my favorite memoir of 2019. No other book comes close to it. I love this book!

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Microsun Lamps.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.