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Finding the Mother Tree Reviews

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

Finding the Mother Tree: Uncovering the Wisdom and Intelligence of the Forest

Suzanne Simard

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Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 4 May 2021
ISBN: 9780241389348

'A scientific memoir as gripping as any HBO drama series' Kate Kellaway, Observer

4 stars out of 5

"a journey of passion and introspection"

Finding the Mother Tree is the kind of story we need to be telling, a new way of communicating that the world desperately needs to hear. The idea of spirituality in science may seem paradoxical to some, but as we have learned from ecologists like Simard and Kimmerer, there is something missing in our study of nature. We have forgotten that we are part of the subjects we study, part of the forests that produce the air we breathe and the water we drink. We rely on nature’s rhythms and cycles far more than we rely on profit and technology. Simard’s book invites us to embrace this connection with the Earth when she writes: “I can’t tell if my blood is in the trees or if the trees are in my blood.” This book has, at its centre, a simple tale of a woman who follows her intuition, views compassion as a strength, and dares to see the world differently. It is also a reminder to listen to our wilder selves, and to remember, with humility, how little we know of the complexities of the natural world