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.
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.