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Publisher's Summary

This inspiring meditation on the intersection of science, nature, and spirit shows listeners how to deepen their connection to the natural world.

In Rooted, cutting-edge science supports a truth that poets, artists, mystics, and earth-based cultures across the world have proclaimed over millennia: Life on this planet is radically interconnected. Our bodies, thoughts, minds, and spirits are affected by the whole of nature, and they affect this whole in return. In this time of crisis, how can we best live upon our imperiled, beloved earth?

Award-winning writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s highly personal new book is a brilliant invitation to live with the earth in both simple and profound ways - from walking barefoot in the woods and reimagining our relationship with animals and trees, to examining the very language we use to describe and think about nature. She invokes rootedness as a way of being in concert with the wilderness - and wildness - that sustains humans and all of life.

In the tradition of Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Mary Oliver, Haupt writes with urgency and grace, reminding us that at the crossroads of science, nature, and spirit we find true hope. Each chapter provides tools for bringing our unique gifts to the fore and transforming our sense of belonging within the magic and wonder of the natural world.

©2021 Lyanda Lynn Haupt (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

What the critics say

“A masterful melding of the mystical and the material. A great read.” (Bernd Heinrich, author of White Feathers and Racing the Clock)

Rooted is luminous and living proof of its own central premise: that all things are connected, and that activism and creativity can be a powerful combination. Part philosophical and personal exploration, part environmental manifesto, written with a gloriously poetic sensibility, Rooted feels like a literary love child of Rachel Carson and Mary Oliver. Find yourself a quiet place, preferably under a tree, and let Lyanda Lynn Haupt teach you how to embrace the 'tangled empathy' of living not as a dominant species, but as one of many.” (Erica Bauermeister, New York Times best-selling author of The Scent Keeper and House Lessons

"An extraordinary guide to wonder and belonging. Shattering dualities - science/spirit, dark/light, human/nature - Haupt leads us into the delicious presence of the living Earth. In a time of isolation and fragmentation, her many insights are beautiful and much-needed invitations to wholeness and connection.” (David Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees)

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  • barbara
  • 2021-11-13

Brilliant--I highly recommend

Lyanda Haupt has written a book that speaks directly to me. She reminds us about what matters most in life. I want to give this book to several of my closest friends. I know it will speak equally powerfully to them.

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  • liz
  • 2022-03-28

man hating liberal tirade

starts off great! elements of this book resonate with me to the very core of my being. however, this book devolves into a man hating agenda laden tirade, that is odious, and ceaseless once you reach that particular point in the book. you'll know when you get there, because it never stops after that point. you could sum up this book with a lot less nonsense by saying go outside and learn about each tree and plant an animal individually. Namaste.

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  • L. Lane
  • 2021-08-07

Powerful and beautiful

A poetically written, scientifically supported call to commune with nature, each other, and ourselves. Beautiful! I couldn't get enough. I will be seeking out the author's other works.

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  • CA
  • 2022-06-28

Immediately starts by glorifying Catholicism

What?? So strange to start a book about nature and spirituality with an ode to Catholicism. Definitely not what I was expecting.

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  • Trua
  • 2022-06-15

This book is a waste of money.

The earth is going to be just fine. Humans are a cancer to the earth and the earth is ridding itself of us as it should. I don’t care to listen to 4 hours of how we can save the earth- it’s been through much worse than humans.

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  • IcarusGen2
  • 2022-06-09

Managed to get halfway through.

Not particularly interesting. The book starts off a little interesting but you eventually realize this is just environmental activism turned into a spirituality and then more activism about how being in the woods (not living there) is better than civilization. It just became too corny over the course of the book to be finished.

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  • Desert Reader
  • 2022-05-17

Clear. Inspired. Factually enabled.

An eloquent treatise of facts and imaginings. A statement of truths that dares to dwell In our Earthliness.

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  • DAG
  • 2022-04-04

Learned so much for a city girl!

Beautifully written & read. Loved each chapter! Best example of true, gentle & powerful education!

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