Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

Hidden Lives

Louise Erdrich - Sunday, January 22, 2017

After reading The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben, my daily walks are an entirely different experience.  I see the details of a tree's struggle, the tree's heroic attempt to repair a slashed limb, to repel invaders, or how so often a root flare buried by a careless landscaper will eventually suffocate the strongest.  I see how hard it is to live on a boulevard and not in a forest composed of  myriad types of tree with a magical underground connection that can choose to harden against invaders or to sustain young trees with extra food. The Hidden Life of Trees is a marvel of understanding and science. 

Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien, still haunts me.  A novel of charismatic truth where reality feels like myth and myth is history.  A young woman and her ancestors live, and do not live, through the Chinese Cultural Revolution.  Gorgeous storytelling.  

 


Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

Kenwood Gardens Alan Weisman favorite book Peak Water Poetry boarding school photography book and dinner club monkey in a dryer Too Loud A Solitude The Wealth of Nature Ojibwemowin Book Review graphix solstice, Thomas King Louise gratitude Let's Take the Long Way Home Catalyst Magers and Quinn NACDI:All My Relations Too Much Happiness favorite dog Remarkable Trees E.L. Doctorow Unnatural Disasters favorite tree Green Team leaves and snow The Resilient Gardener post holiday reads ependent Aza Light in August Peak Oil Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Jim Harrison Wolf Hall Ojibwe show your love spring post holiday Makoons Master Butchers Singing Club china italy Chitra Divakaruni Women and Trees Love The Blue Sky thanks Chickadee aquifer Hillary Clinton Emily Johnson The Royal Prussian Library coyote Native People pilgrims The Birchbark House Guthrie Theater Ha Jin fresh water anniversary British Navy how good looking you are Brown Dog Greenland School Gardens japan Victory Gardens Tree Houses Small Bookstores as Commons Bohumil Hrabal Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Dogs The Ojibwe customers Pembina sweden Philip Roth Wastepaper The Round House Education Nero incarnation bill mckibben The Game of Silence Gail Caldwell Crushing Books Mankato Powwow Ice Aubrey/Maturin Fireworks health care reform local economy cafe closing Roberto Bolano Population 2666 Minnesota Keepers of the Trees birchbark house series germany Native Arts plants tree books Anton Treuer friends Collective Denial Beth Dooley Nemesis Anishinabe Hilary Mantel Botany This Green World The Porcupine Year Empire of the Summer Moon H2Oil Video Czech Writer 350.org Kate DiCamillo trees Afghanistan adventure devoted customers knowledge National Book Award The Transition Handbook Gary Clement north dakota Alice Munro ptsd William Trevor peculiar touches of green and gold france ireland language revitalization twins Kabul buffalo euphoria Up Late Again The Farmer's Daughter President Obama mississippi Mohamed's Ghosts More Remarkable Trees Patrick O'Brian support Bill Moyers Journal Rare Books Stephen Salisbury State Troopers Tar Sands Islam joy the most romantic city in the world Bleak House Wendy Makoons Geniusz Climate Change Zombies Dartmouth Minneapolis Easter Island Michael Jackson city of books Vic Glover Milkweed Press S.C. Gwynne green World on the Edge Anishinabemowin Keystone XL Interview neighborhood Birchbark Books Canada Gryphon Press thank you friends cafe gardens

Archive