The Book Shelf - Recommendations for all that reading time you have now

The Overstory by Robert Powers – winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

“The best book I’ve read in 10 years. It’s a remarkable piece of literature, and the moment it speaks to is climate change. So, for me, it’s a lodestone. It’s a mind-opening fiction, and it connects us all in a very positive way to the things that we have to do if we want to regain our planet.” - Emma Thompson

“An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.” - citation from the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

“This book is beyond special.… It’s a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed.”- Bill McKibben

“The best novels change the way you see. Richard Powers’ The Overstory does this. Haunting.” - Geraldine Brooks

The Hidden Life of Trees; What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life of Trees draws on ground-breaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, they communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. A walk in the woods will never be the same again after reading this awe-inspiring book. (Amazon)

The Earth Moved; On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart

The New York Times called it "a completely original combination of science and passion." This is a fascinating exploration of the underground world and one of its most amazing denizens. The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its role in the ecosystem is profound. It tills the soil, destroys microscopic organisms that cause plant disease, breaks down toxins, and turns the ground into rich compost, creating the most fertile areas on earth. In her witty and offbeat style, Amy Stewart shows just how much depends on the humble worm.

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