- Hardcover: 369 pages
- Publisher: Algonquin Books (January 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781565124912
- ISBN-13: 978-1565124912
- ASIN: 156512491X
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 19, 2010
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Because trees make so many more aspects of our lives possible and pleasurable than we realize, Wells felt compelled to reintroduce us to these miraculous sentries, companions, and providers, entities that make the earth both bountiful and beautiful. Long considered sacred by diverse cultures, trees are crucial in this time of accelerated climate change, thanks to their ability to counteract the deleterious impact of carbon emissions. Trees offer shade, shelter, and quiet; medicine and food; and building materials for everything from houses to books. Trees are wreathed with lore and continue to yield scientific discoveries, yet, Wells observes, “We can even live on a street named for a particular tree and not be able to identify the tree itself.” To rectify this loss of invaluable knowledge, Wells portrays 100 trees, beginning with acacia and ending with yew, in a tree album containing lovely drawings and pithy essays. Cinnamon, ginkgo, “small and spiny” frankincense, mahogany, Osage orange, sycamore—all are succinctly described and celebrated in this warmly informative, fun-to-browse book of colorful tree histories. --Donna Seaman
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Though the scientific information is attainable it is so often hard to understand unless you are a botanist. The folklore has always been hard to obtain. This wonderfullly written book by Ms. Wells combines both in a compendium of scientific fact and cultural history together.
Simply magnificent! A "must have. for any botanist, arborist, or gardener.
Anyone wanting to know bits of trivia or snippets of history regarding trees will love this. It's a great handbook, and a fun and relaxing read weather you've got 2 minutes or 2 hours.
Many thanks to the author and publisher for assembling such a useful book outside the realm of a manual or botanical text.