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5.0 out of 5 starsAn amazing read
Reviewed in Canada on March 8, 2015
No wonder it won an award. This is an amazing book - filled with a magical blend of science and the perspective of someone who has grown up with a love of nature steeped in First Nations lore. This collection of short essays transports the reader to shaded forests while it educates you on the science and beauty of the lowly moss. It is far from a textbook on mosses, though. These are stories about people and places as seen from Wall Kimmerer's viewpoint. Mosses just happen to be the connecting thread. I have shared this book with several friends and everyone has gushed about it when returning it. I will be buying more of this author's works in the future. This book was a wonderful escape.
I love the way Kimmerer blends the science and the sacred together in her poetic prose. Through her work we learn the science as she gives us ways to view moss from a wider perspective. Through Kimmerer we are lifted up, see new light in living things, learn that we can give mosses, plants, trees our own names. In doing this, we make our own connection to our living ancestors. Thank you Robin Kimmerer for this work. It is a gift.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a wonderful book, it informs
Reviewed in Canada on September 22, 2014
This is a wonderful book, it informs, educates, inspires and captivates you. Robin has such a way with words you can almost hear nature singing out to you. My regular walk took over twice as long after reading this book. I had read her Braiding Sweetgrass first and was not sure this one would be as good, it is, and now I am hoping she has something else to share soon.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is my current favourite author! Her ability to integrate science with aboriginal knowledge in a highly-sensitive, often poetic, image-filled style is an absolute delight. Inspiring and thought-provoking.
I love this book, I love the way this author writes and brings her deep understanding of botany, culture, ecology, history, and her teaching practice together in this extraordinary book. It makes me wish I was forty years younger and making my life choices all over again and could go and study botany and go on field trips with her. Just wonderful. Expands my mind and enhances my thinking. What more could you want from a book.
Who knew there could be so much delight in a study of mosses. It is not so much that I care about them - in truth I don’t, I have more of broad brush appreciation of nature - but the feeling of respect and understanding of the wholistic nature of things that Robin Wall Kimmerer brings to the subject brings these mosses alive, and opens me up to the sentience in everything that surrounds me. And then I have awareness, humility, compassion for all of nature and I feel the pain of our human cavalier nature. The story about the unseen lover of mosses wielding money and power to serve his personal agenda is particularly heart rending. It takes a special writer to make me bleed for these tiniest shy species.
5.0 out of 5 starsNew insights to a much ignored part of wonderful world
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 8, 2017
A wonderful, unusual book which encourages us to see our world differently. I am noticing moss everywhere now and appreciating ist qualities. I am saddened that such amazing, ancient and tiny plants are dismissed and removed by just the kinds of chemicals from which they can protect us. Long live moss and insightful writers like Robin Wall Kimmerer.
3.0 out of 5 starsGreat info and read until ending full of typos
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2019
I loved this book until I got to the last chapter (or two) and, what was probably a proof/edit/corrections failure resulted in so many typos that the sloppy ending seemed almost deliberate. I treasure my books, but this one is so flawed in its closing print that I doubt I will keep it in my collection. Shame, because it was so very educational and enjoyable aside from the careless ending--Karma for purchasing paper instead of digital copy? I'll keep it, just disappointed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2017
A contemplative, meditative book of essays on a lifeform slow to grow, slow to spread, but virtually everywhere. Honors the land and spirit and ranks with the works of Aldo Leopold in its message of coexistence with a natural rhythm.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book was a real delight to read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2018
This book was a real delight to read. I had never noticed how much moss was under my nose, and how beautiful it is! In bringing this to our attention, the author writes wonderfully about science, culture, history, and experience.
This book doesn't disappoint in its intentions to unite the biodiversity of mosses with the poetic wonder they evoke. Kimmerer never strays far from personal perspective and in-depth knowledge of her cultural roots which makes for a very refreshing style on how to learn about the seemingly unappreciated contribution these plants make to our environment.