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Publisher's Summary

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation". As she explores these themes, she circles toward a central argument: The awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return.

©2013 Robin Wall Kimmerer (P)2016 Tantor

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A beautiful experience

A life changing read, a gift, flows like scripture.. Each chapter an award winning essay complete within itself.

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A Beautiful Story

This book intricately weaves a tale of love...love of life, love of nature and love for all creatures of the earth. I would highly recommend it to everyone. Ms. Kimmerer's knowledge of science, indigenous spirituality and her kind heart give opportunities for all to learn about the interconnectedness of all lives on this planet. Many thanks for such s beautiful story!

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A true love story! 💕

Finally a book that puts into words how I feel about living things. I love how the book is read by the author. You can feel the love in the words written!

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b-e-a-utiful

Empathy inducing anecdotal stories seamlessly woven with botany. Robin's ability to simultaneously bolster and shake a strictly "scientific" aka Western approach to understanding plants and our human relationship to them and the environment is admirable.

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I’ll be buying the hard copy!

I loved this book. It fed my heart and soul! It will have a honoured place on my favourites shelf! It will be one I give away to my favourite people! It’s just too good not to share!

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Amazing. Changes the way you look at everything.

A must listen in my opinion. I have an even more connection to what surrounds me and it's opened up a curiosity to know more. Thank you for the new spark and words to stoke my fire within. Chi Miigwetch.

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This is perfect medicine.

Mgwitch. You will help to heal us all. The balance between the science and the spirit is what we need most today and you are hoping to take the fear away from both communities so that they may each benefit from what the other has to share.

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Both a fascinating and healing listen

What I love most about Dr. Robin Kimmerer’s book is the illuminating marriage of logical and emotional thought. Her two sets of lenses offer her a unique and powerful perspective on the world. There is an infinite sense of love throughout.

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One of the most important books of our time!

I loved every sentence of this book. I truly believe that every person should read/listen to it. It is, in my opinion, one of the most important literary works of our time!

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A Poetic Scientific Treatise that Braids the Past, the Present with the Possibilities for a Better Future

Rarely, if ever, have I had the pleasure to listen and learn from such eloquence, wisdom and compassion. Robin literally signs insight from the pits of eco-despair and the travesties of colonization to shine as a beacon of optimism and nurture our own seeds for a positive change regardless of the depth of cynicism that lies with us who feel the pain of the planet.

This is a manifesto of humility grounding in the irreplaceable value of reciprocity for all of us to go forth amidst the complexity and become stewards, empowered by knowledge, simple actions and love.

Thank you!!
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  • Jessica Mayer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 2017-01-04

Many thanks for this gift

What did you like best about this story?

This book has changed me. Robin some how wove a beautiful story out of what she has learned from her culture, from science and her own experiences. I feel wiser, more aware, saddened and empowered to take responsibility for all the gifts that we were given. She has made me feel more connected to the earth than ever and I feel a sense of purpose and gratitude after hearing her speak.

What about Robin Wall Kimmerer’s performance did you like?

Extremely unique story-telling style. She tells the truth, it's breathtaking.

If you could give Braiding Sweetgrass a new subtitle, what would it be?

Our responsibilities as people of the earth

Any additional comments?

Thank you so much Robin. I feel enlightened and humbled after hearing you. I've stepped on a new path and can never turn back, thanks to your voice.

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  • crabapple m
  • 2016-10-31

Read this book!

More than just plants. This book is something we as a species should be proud of our gift of language. This book, I hope it makes it into the hands of people of all different types. It is so beautiful, scientific and community inspired.

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  • Hanifa
  • SLC, UT, United States
  • 2016-12-30

I Recommend This Book To Everyone

Would you listen to Braiding Sweetgrass again? Why?

I would definitely listen again. The words of this book are in alignment with my values and it brings me hope to know others feel as I do. It is a good reminder to practice gratitude, do more for the planet and its teachers, and to not give into despair regarding the plight of humanity and the planet.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Braiding Sweetgrass?

The author does an amazing job of setting up the concept of the Windigo and it all comes together beautifully in her story of confronting the beast.

Have you listened to any of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First performance from this author. She does an amazing job. Her voice is a little too soothing to enjoy the book in the car without the fear of falling asleep.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A journey back to gratitude.

Any additional comments?

One of the best audiobooks I have found on this site.

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  • Kaysi12
  • 2016-10-18

Eloquent and inspirational

This book is so timely and yet timeless: weaving threads about native people's history with the land, science that elaborates, and personal memoir; all told in a wonderful voice. I rarely listen to an audiobook a second time, but I will absolutely listen to this again, and also give copies as gifts to friends.

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  • cedar
  • 2016-11-27

Stunning and Important

This is a powerful telling journey into an old time tested way of being. I was gently taken by the hand in to a much deeper understanding of how earth and nature lives and works. It's fascinating and engaging and inspiring. I have better eyes to see and understand now. I highly recommend this pivotal book. Robin Kimmerer is truly a gift to us all and our planet.

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  • Brian Turnwald
  • The Woodlands, TX United States
  • 2016-09-01

Fabulous!

The beautiful writing and soothing narration of this book helped calm me on my hour-long commute in dense Houston traffic. But more importantly it inspired me to get back into the garden that I had forsaken after heavy Spring rains had turned it to a weedy jungle. I realize now my responsibility to care for my garden and see the reciprocal nature of my relationship to her.

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  • Gail
  • 2016-12-01

A new favorite!

I enjoyed the writing and Robin Kimmerer's soothing voice very much. I especially enjoyed the content. Botany, ecology, science, and motherhood are all fascinating topics. Beautiful

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  • Marianna
  • 2016-11-06

A deep dive to the sacredness of every day life

I loved this book. So much more than words can express. I felt like I was coming home. To a world where there is purpose in the rhythm of life and a deep understanding of the poignant relationship we have with our earth, our mother. A wonderful blend of personal narrative, science and myth. I highly recommend this book and hope many read it. A true medicine story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-12

Hands down one of the best books I have ever read!

Memoir, science, and ecological anthropology woven into pure poetry. Moving, reflective and inspiration! Incredibly crafted.

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  • booksteph
  • 2017-05-13

Beautiful wisdom

A truly moving experience to have the author, with her own sweet voice, show me another way to look at the world and all of us in it. It reminded me of truths I had discovered when I was younger but had forgotten, and showed me many many other new ones.

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