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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

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Annie Dillard was fresh out of college - Hollins where she roomed with Lee Smith - when she decided to spend a year on Tinker Creek immersed in nature and then write about it. She was as surprised as anyone when her first book describing what she considered a "pilgrimage" into nature shot up in sales and then garnered a coveted Pulitzer Prize!  This book, perhaps more than any of her quite-successful subsequent books, has maintained a faithful readership ever since. Her professor, now ex-husband, R. H. W. Dillard, has also gone on to write more books and inspire more students.

New York: HarperCollins, 1988. Trade paperback.