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The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods Paperback – April 3, 2001
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The daughter of an itinerant preacher, Hill writes of her chance meeting with California logging protesters, the blur of events leading to her ascent of the redwood, and the daily privations of living in the tallest treehouse on earth. She weathers everything from El Niño rainstorms to shock-jock media storms. More frightening are her interactions with the loggers below, who escalate the game of chicken by cutting dangerously close to Luna (eventually succeeding at killing another activist with such tactics). "'You'd better get ready for a bad hair day!'" one logger shouts up, grimly anticipating the illegal helicopter hazing she would soon get. Celebrity environmentalists like Joan Baez and Woody Harrelson stop by, too. The notoriety has, on balance, been good to Hill and her cause. George magazine named her one of the "Ten Most Fascinating People in Politics," Good Housekeeping readers nominated her one of the "Most Admired Women" in 1998, and she was featured in People's "Most Intriguing People of the Year" issue. As a result, more Americans know about controversial forestry practices; it remains to be seen, however, whether public outrage is enough to save California's unprotected and ever-shrinking groves of redwoods. While an agreement allowed Hill to descend from her aerie and Luna to escape the saw, most of the surrounding old-growth forest in the region has been felled or will fall shortly. Still, Hill is optimistic: "Luna is only one tree. We will save her, but we will lose others. The more we stand up and demand change, though, the more things will improve." --Langdon Cook --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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...Well, cynics beware! This is a great book, and the integrity, honor, intelligence and love flows from Julia onto the pages and into your heart. I was especially struck by her humanity- no superhero, she speaks freely of her doubt and of her fear. But always you see her courage and depth of commitment. Our country is blessed to have her in our midst at this time... fewer than 1% of our original forests remain in the lower 48 states. It is indeed time to stop, and to use our brains.
The book is a quick read- I finished it in 1 night- but I'm returning to it again and again, like my favorite CD's. I have no illusions though, that this book was written in a fortnight... she was up there for 738 days; plenty of time for writing! (Plus, the negotiations necessary to produce the book in the manner that follows her convictions).
She says what needs to be said- no more, no less. If you are curious about what it's like to sit in a tree for 2 years sustained by the strength of your convictions, get the book. If you can, go see her speak. She's intelligent and articulate.
Julia is a hero, and this is the story of her awakening.
As many other reviews attest, "Legacy" is an easy read. I personally finished the book in less than 4 hours. This readability is unfortunately a result of the book's lack of substance and disconnected ramblings. In her rushed effort to complete the book Hill has failed to capture and articulate the genuine spirit of her action, instead providing a mostly dry account of day to day life in the tree mixed with meandering philosophy. By failing to consider the widespread effects and ramifications of the tree-sit - from its context and sometimes controversial influence within the modern environmental movement to the role the action played in effecting the dynamic of government forest policy on a local and national scale - Hill leaves the reader without a definite sense of just what the legacy referred to in the book's title is.
"The Legacy of Luna" also falls short of providing a comprehensive account of the story in its failure to address many significant events and efforts on the ground which directly related to Hill's success. The reader is instead brought along on the journey in the vacuum of isolation that was Hill's two years in Luna.Read more ›
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Very inspirational story of a tree, a young woman and a community.Published 9 days ago by Gyongyver
but I found this book in the "You Got to Read This Book" compilation of books that changed lives of the readers so I gave it a shot.
I loved the book! Read more
This was a fascinating true story of the trials, danger and problems in Julia Hill's efforts to save Luna, a thousand-year-old redwood from being part of a clear cut lumber... Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Rice
Very inspirational and a fast read. I read it as part of my book club and there were positive reviews from everyone that read it.Published 6 months ago by Robyn Marie
Everyone should read this book....at least once in their lives. What a journey this one young woman took....sometimes being aware... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Truth~n~Honesty
I loved this book. It was well written, with a smooth pace, and interesting subjects.
If you love trees, if you long to be in the woods, if you've ever wanted to take a stand... Read more
Interesting story of a committed young woman. Living in the California redwood forest, I wasn't sure about this one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MckPatti
One of the few books I've ever read that made me cry. But I'm a tree hugger, so there ya go. I've met Ms. Hill, and she's just the loveliest person you could ever meet. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sharon Nichols