Braiding Sweetgrass

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A New York Times Bestseller
A Washington Post Bestseller
“Named a “Best Essay Collection of the Decade” by Literary HubAs a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take 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” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings–asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass–offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.”

Milkweed Editions, 9781571313560, 390pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2014


Yes…I am being lazy and copying /pasting from the internet the books description. Come on….it’s 3am and I have one eye open. Anyhow….I have been listening to this book for a few weeks. It may take me sometime to finish it but that is ok. I usually listen to a good book when I paint or drive. And lately since my sister arrived here from Afghanistan we have been a bit busy. So I try and get a chapter in before I fall asleep but I have been too tired for even that. I so far have been enjoying this story. Her tribe and my tribe cross beliefs in many areas.

This book was recommended by a friend I made maybe 2 years ago. Some of you may have seen him on a Netflix show called “The Last Table” Chef Charles Michel.

If you haven’t heard of him or his causes I recommend you look him up or watch his videos. He is an AMAZING human. He is all about food education and the environment.He started a Patreon account which I joined because I believe in his cause. He responds to his messages ….but I don’t know how much longer he will be able to because he is getting busier and busier as his popularity grows. He does a Book club and the books he list is where I found this one. He also told me I should read “Sand Talk” I hope I get to it. “Braiding Sweetgrass” is a long one.

If you read any of these 2…..let me know what you think.

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