The Naturalists – A Historical Novel of the Hayman Family by C. G. Haberman


Job 12:7-8 – But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The only reason I gave this book 4 out 5 stars was because it was a little slow reading for me.  The story was wonderfully told, just wasn’t to exciting for me.  This is the first I have read of C. G. Haberman and I really enjoyed that this book was about the Nebraska lands and it’s settlers.  The story beings in the 1820’s where the Hayman family is just settling in a place called the Rainwater Basin.  You follow the characters through their hardships and failures as well as their triumphs.   As the title of the book informs you, this is a historical novel and is filled with such a story.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the history of the past times and people along with the places they have been, seen and lived.




C. G. Haberman was born and raised in south-central Nebraska. For ten years he taught the biological sciences in two Nebraska high schools. He left education to take a position with the Nebraska environmental agency and over the next ten years moved through the ranks. His positions took him throughout Nebraska while working on surface and groundwater quality issues, wetlands, and a uranium mining proposal. After Nebraska, C. G. worked in Washington and South Dakota, expanding his environmental work into the areas of enforcement, air quality and hazardous and solid waste. Before retiring he returned to teach for ten more years as a community college instructor and as an adjunct at a liberal arts college in Hastings, Nebraska. Using his education and experience, he involved students by presenting real-life issues through Problem-Based Learning and hands-on field experiences.

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