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Travels in a Vanishing Empire

Komatic Press,
2017

An Eden of Sorts

Perseus Books,
2012

The Last of the Bird People

Wilderness House Press,
2012

The Paradise of All These Parts: A Natural History of Boston

Beacon Press
2008

The Rose Cafe: Love and War in Corsica
Shoemaker & Hoard,
2007
Looking for Mr Gilbert: The Reimagined Life of an African American
Shoemaker & Hoard,
2005

Following the Sun: Fron Spain to the Hebrides
Counterpoint,
2002

The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness
Counterpoint,
2001
Trespassing: An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of Land
Perseus Books,
1998
Walking Towards Walden: A Pilgimage in Search of Place
Perseus Books,
1995
Living at the End of Time
Houghton Mifflin,
1990

A Field Guide to your Own Backyard,
Countryman Press,
1985

Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Tousand Years on One Square Mile
Perseus Books,
1984

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"John Hanson Mitchell is a unique, delightful, and absolutely essential voice"
-New York Time Book Review

The Last of the Bird People
Wilderness House Press, 2012

In 1928, Massachusetts water authorities began land takings in the Swift River Valley in order to construct the Quabbin Reservoir, which at the time was the largest public works project in the United States. What the authorities did not realize, until they were contacted by a Harvard University anthropologist named Minor Randall, was the fact that there was a secretive band of mixed race hunter-gatherers living in the more remote forested tracts of the valley who had been subsisting undiscovered in the area for over ten generations.

This book, taken from a legal deposition discovered in the archives of the university, is the story of the fate of these retiring, peaceable people and the young anthropologist who discovered them.

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