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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

by David George Haskell
The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

by David George Haskell


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“Both a love song to trees, an exploration of their biology, and a wonderfully philosophical analysis of their role they play in human history and in modern culture.” Science Friday
The author of Sounds Wild and Broken and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature’s most magnificent networkers — trees 

David Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, he brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees, exploring  connections with people, microbes, fungi, and other plants and animals. He takes us to  trees in cities (from Manhattan to Jerusalem), forests (Amazonian, North American, and boreal) and areas on the front lines of environmental change (eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and war zones.)  In each place he shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees.
Scientific, lyrical, and contemplative, Haskell reveals the biological connections that underpin all life.  In a world beset by barriers, he reminds us that life’s substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143111306
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 169,526
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. He is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow. His 2017 book The Songs of Trees won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing. His 2012 book The Forest Unseen was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and won the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, the National Outdoor Book Award, and the Reed Environmental Writing Award. His new book, Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction, will be published in March of 2022.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I

Ceibo 3

Balsam Fir 31

Sabal Palm 59

Green Ash 83

Interlude: Mitsumata 98

Part 2

Hazel 107

Redwood and Ponderosa Pine 124

Interlude: Maple 155

Part 3

Cottonwood 163

Gallery Pear 188

Olive 215

Japanese White Pine 241

Acknowledgments 253

Bibliography 259

Index 281

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