The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors
The author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature's most magnificent networkers -- trees Fluent, compelling, and intoxicatingly rich. - Times Literary Supplement SELECTED by Science Friday and Brain Pickings as one of the Best Science Books of 2017 and by Forbes.com as one of the 10 Best Environment, Climate Science and Conservation Books of 2017 David Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, he brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees, exploring connections with people, microbes, fungi, and other plants and animals. He takes us to trees in cities (from Manhattan to Jerusalem), forests (Amazonian, North American, and boreal) and areas on the front lines of environmental change (eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and war zones.) In each place he shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees. Scientific, lyrical, and contemplative, Haskell reveals the biological connections that underpin all life. In a world beset by barriers, he reminds us that life's substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.