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Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees Paperback – October 28, 2009
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"A wealth of entertaining arboreal facts and figures, but her personal anecdotes are the book's most compelling and inimitable feature."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Nadkarni's writing is like a love letter to trees that effortlessly mixes poetry and prose with environmentalism, culture, history and science."--"Foreword"
"Anyone who loves trees, who admires their steadfastness, who finds in their presence a certain peace . . . will love this book."--"Canadian Field-Naturalist"
"Nadkarni is a wonder. . . . Every page enthralls."--"Terrain Magazine"
"Uplifting and edifying. . . . Nadkarni has given us . . . a kind of encyclopedic examination of nearly EVERYTHING that has to do with trees."--"Ecology"
"Nadkarni introduces readers to trees in a stunning variety of ways."--Frederick J. Swanson, Us Forest Service"Oregon Historical Qtly" (06/30/2010)
Nadkarni introduces readers to trees in a stunning variety of ways. --Frederick J. Swanson, Us Forest Service"Oregon Historical Qtly" (06/30/2010)"
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Besides cutting them, climbing them, and planting them, the urge to anthropomorphize trees, make them into metaphors, and worship them, is practically universal. Many people feel an intimate connection to trees. Nadkarni's scientific, personal, and literary book shows why, on so many levels, this should be so. Although the ancient Chinese thought of humans as the connection between earth and sky, my vote would go to trees.”Liza Dalby, author of East Wind Melts the Ice
From mosses to giant figs, from nail polish to turpentine, from poetry to rap music, world-acclaimed arbornaut Nadkarni weaves science and story together as she shares her passion for trees, reminding us that forests and humans are inextricably linked.” Margaret D. Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and It's a Jungle Up There
I came in from an afternoon of splitting firewood to find this book waiting for me in the mail. It's as wonderful a compendium as one could imagine of all things that make trees such special companions, rooted and steady and patient and full of glory.”Bill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben Reader
An epic and lyrical look at treesan exploration that ranges from molecules and metabolism to ecology, poetry and danceso breathtaking and eye-opening that it will be impossible to ever look at a tree or think about the world in the same way again.”Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, The Heinz Center
Top Customer Reviews
Like a tree the book is vertically structured. It's roots explore the many ways trees provide for our basic needs: foods and materials; shelter for people, livestock, and crops; medicines and healing; and play for children of all ages. In these chapters Nadkarni includes quite a bit of scientific background to explain the properties that make trees so valuable to us. The trunk of the book looks at how trees live in our consciousness, as markers of time and change, and as powerful symbols in art, culture, spirituality, and religion. Since the science of trees is familiar to me, I found this second part of the book was the most interesting, and I wish it had been longer. No doubt whole books could be (and perhaps have been) written on the subject.
The crown of this book is "mindfulness," which Nadkarni defines as "the need to be aware of and compassionate towards one's surroundings." I think the author hopes that by presenting such a wide variety of ways of looking at and valuing trees, readers will be moved to participate in efforts to preserve the trees and forests around them, some of which she describes in the final chapter.Read more ›
In this book Mrs. Nadkarni's focus is the intense 'cooperation' between trees and men, showing how dependant our society is on trees. Although she is sometimes carried away a bit by her enthusiasm, this is a book I can recommend unconditonally to everyone interested in the interaction between trees and animals, including ourselves.
Wind breakers. Shade grown coffee. Significance of dead wood. Edge effects.
Insistence of demand for original oak corks for the oak tree conservation against being replaced by other trees in demand. This brings up a point to think of - utitlity with regards to conservation.
Palynology - pollen studies
The broad range of poems on trees,show how in the Montverde forest - and in the book - the author has learned much by combining science, art and the humanities.
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Fascinating! So glad to have the hard copy in such excellent condition!Published 2 months ago by Jo W
Nadkarni has a great love of trees and has a deep knowledge and much interesting research to share, as well as an emotional connection to trees. Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Robert Isackson