“The wonder of the natural world really comes to life in Things That Are, a new collection of essays from award-winning writer Amy Leach. Moving from lilies to jellyfish, pandas to honeybees, Leach’s lyrical explorations of the wild offer the reader little respites from the techno-paced modern world. Sometimes she invites us to engage in flights of fancy—imagining the viewpoint of a pea vine tendril seeking the sun or a beaver learning of her reclassification as a fish by a far-away Pope. In other essays, Leach offers philosophical observations that are as simple as they are deep. This is just the book to tuck into a backpack for a thoughtful read under open skies, or for curling up with while sitting on the deck. The essays of Things That Are are perfectly accompanied by black-and-white illustrations by Nate Christopherson. (Milkweed Editions, hardcover, $18.00)”—Kristine Kaufman, Snow Goose Bookstore, Stanwood, WA. Click here to read more, watch a video and buy Things That Are from your local indie.