- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Milkweed Editions; First Paperback edition (August 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571313567
- ISBN-13: 978-1571313560
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 443 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Robin Wall Kimmerer is writer of rare grace. She writes about the natural world from a place of such abundant passion that one can never quite see the world the same way after having seen it through Kimmerer’s eyes. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she takes us on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise. She is a great teacher, and her words are a hymn of love to the world.”―Elizabeth Gilbert
“Robin Wall Kimmerer has written an extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach of science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people. It is the way she captures beauty that I love the most―the images of giant cedars and wild strawberries, a forest in the rain and a meadow of fragrant sweetgrass will stay with you long after you read the last page.”―Jane Goodall
“With deep compassion and graceful prose, Robin Wall Kimmerer encourages readers to consider the ways that our lives and language weave through the natural world. A mesmerizing storyteller, she shares legends from her Potawatomi ancestors to illustrate the culture of gratitude in which we all should live.”―Publishers Weekly
“Robin Wall Kimmerer opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as inanimate.”―Krista Tippett, host of On Being
“The gift of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book is that she provides readers the ability to see a very common world in uncommon ways, or, rather, in ways that have been commonly held but have recently been largely discarded. She puts forth the notion that we ought to be interacting in such a way that the land should be thankful for the people.”―Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Braiding Sweetgrass is instructive poetry. Robin Wall Kimmerer has put the spiritual relationship that Chief Seattle called the ‘web of life’ into writing. Industrial societies lack the understanding of the interrelationships that bind all living things―this book fills that void. I encourage one and all to read these instructions.”―Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation and Indigenous Environmental Leader
About the Author
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
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First, rest assured this is a deeply enjoyable read. Also, this is how any subjects you wish to be understood and loved are best taught: in story.
Robin has mastered storytelling. And, athough she is a relatively new weaver, she seamlessly weaves botany, ancient and modern history, humanities, ecology, linguistics and art. And this weaving is made uniquely beautiful by one long perfect strand that passes through every fiber: love.
Love translates into beauty in form and function, passion and compassion, peace and contentment, respect and gratitude, effort and sweat,
How many times have you found all those (and more) in one book? Reading this book will be an intentional step in the direction of all those things that give life it's purpose.
As a medical student training in mainstream hospitals, this book is a lifeline. I read a few pages at a time and take notes along the way. I won't spoil it, but if you are thinking that maybe this book might be good ... it's good.
I would give it 10 stars if I could.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is an amazing writer offering wisdom teachings from the plants and native teachings presented in a story that is her life's work.
This book is a marriage of science based info and wisdom based teachings, and it is a work of art. If you love the planet and have ecology interests, you will love it. If you long for wisdom teachings, you will love it. If you appreciate great writing, you will love it.
It is eloquent, sweet, profound and humorous while opening up the eyes of her readers.
I thought of sending Trump a copy...
This book is a keeper!