The Heartbeat of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben

Staff Pick

The Heartbeat of Trees is both a celebration of the wonders of trees--and an accessible go-to source for arboreal facts--and a cry of outrage at how recklessly we treat them. But “what we need right now is hope, not despair," Wohlleben writes, and this lovely, uplifting spring read provides it. Wohlleben offers a wonderful journey into the very pulse and hidden lives of trees and shows how a simple walk in the woods can't help but lead to both an appreciation of trees and optimism about a bright future--for them and for us.



The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature By Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771646895
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Published: Greystone Books - June 1st, 2021

Seed to Dust, by Marc Hamer

Staff Pick

“In the end, all we are is our attention, there is nothing else,” Hamer notes. As his rich second book moves month by month through the year of a working gardener, his attention is alternately on the mechanics of how ferns unfurl; the process of sowing cosmos seeds; the whys, whens, and hows of pruning and deadheading; issues of class and masculinity; the lives of poets and stoic philosophers; thoughts on his long, warm, marriage; and observations of the well-heeled, kind, but often opaque Miss Cashmere, whose garden he tends. As readers of Hamer’s unforgettable How to Catch a Mole know, he’s a real character, and the journal format here allows full-play for his humor, wisdom, irrepressible childlike wonder, and (mostly faux) curmudgeonliness. There is much to savor and treasure on every page, from hard-won lessons such as how “nature doesn’t require individuals; they are disposable as long as there are enough of them,” to vivid descriptions of the natural and human lives of “this ever changing here and now,” where “twilight lets the shadows out and transforms the mundane into the magical.”  

Seed to Dust: Life, Nature, and a Country Garden By Marc Hamer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771647687
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Published: Greystone Books - May 4th, 2021

Dark, Salt, Clear, by Lamorna Ash

Staff Pick

Ash takes her title from an Elizabeth Bishop poem, and the literary—with references to Sebald, Didion, Barry Lopez, and others—is one angle she uses in her rich exploration of the Cornish fishing village of Newlyn. Others are history, natural history, interviews, folklore, and, most of all, reports of her own adventures at sea. Flouting superstitions about women on boats (not to mention braving severe sea sickness), Ash joins the crews of trawlers and day boats, not just observing the different techniques for hauling in pilchards and eels, for instance, but jumping into the frenzy of a fresh catch and learning to gut the fish herself. In calmer moments, Ash proves a lyrical and meditative writer. Her prose vividly conveys the ocean’s beauty and mystery as she probes both the economic and the deeper, more spiritual needs that drive people to sea and compel them to keep returning despite the heavy emotional and physical toll of this difficult life. 

Dark, Salt, Clear: The Life of a Fishing Town By Lamorna Ash Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635576153
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 1st, 2020