In Granite and Grace, Micheal P. Cohen relfects on the lifetime of climbing, walking, and pondering the granite in Yosemite National Park at Tuolumne Meadows. This high-country region of Yosemite is dominated by a young, beautifully glaciated geological formation known as the Tuolumne Intrusive Suite. Though not including familiar Yosemite landmarks, geologists still describe this granitic realm at over 8,000 feet as "an iconic American landscape." Drawing together the humanistic and scientific significance of the wild landscapes he traverses, Cohen uncovers relationships between people and places and meaning and substance, rendering this text part memoir-but also considerably more. On-the-rock encounters by hand and foot open up a dialogue between the heart of a philosopher and the mind of a geologist. Cohen adds a literary softness to this hard landscape, blending excursions with prose and science. Though the national park has changed over half a century, the rock has not. As Cohen explores the beauty of his familiar towering vistas, he demonstrates why, of the many aspects of the world to which one might attach oneself, the most secure is granite.
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