5 Female Authors Who Write About Nature
Lately I have been thinking about books that inspire me to continue practicing Earth conservation. It is important that we look for positive sources of inspiration to keep moving forward toward the common goal of protecting Mother Earth. I compiled a list of five nature appreciation books to dive into, but before I do, let us talk about another way to save trees...
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1. PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK
Annie Dillard's personal narrative highlights one year's exploration on foot in the Virginia region through which Tinker Creek runs. In the summer, she stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays King of the Meadow with a field of grasshoppers. The result is an exhilarating tale of nature and its seasons.
2. WITNESS TREE
Lynda V. Mapes gives us an intimate look at one majestic hundred-year-old oak tree through four seasons as well as the reality of the effects of climate change.
The oak is a living timeline and witness to climate change. While stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a beautiful and lyrical read, rich in detail, sweeps of weather, history, people, and animals. It is a story rooted in hope, beauty, wonder, and the possibility of renewal in people's connection to nature.
3. LAB GIRL
Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. She extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together. Hope Jahren wrote Lab Girl, National Bestseller, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, and a New York Times Notable Book, this book is incredible in so many ways.
4. LIKE A TREE
This is a powerful and poetic call to ecological and feminist activism. It is a masterful work by internationally known author and speaker Jean Shinoda Bolen who provides an insightful look into the fusion of ecological issues and global gender politics. Read Like a Tree today.
5. GATHERING MOSS
Robin Wall Kimmerer blends her understanding of the sciences as a professor of environmental and forest biology with her heritage as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, won the impressive John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. Kimmerer connects nature with indigenous viewpoints that invite us to reflect on our relationship with plants, animals, and the land.
While hiking with her husband in the forests of northern California, silversmith and designer, Kat, sourced her inspiration to create the Acorn necklace. It was first molded from wax with her hands while she lived in their Venice Beach home. KinThree Co casts pendants in the United States.
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