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Yardwork Book Club
This Digital Display accompanies an author reading and book club discussion of Daniel Coleman's Yardwork.
The Global Forest by Diana Beresford-KroegerA pioneering scientist writes of the benefits of forest bathing and the fascinating ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees - the inspiration for the documentary Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees Renowned scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger presents an unforgettable and highly original work of natural history with The Global Forest. She explores the fascinating and largely untapped ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees: leaves that can comb the air of particulate pollution, fatty acids in the nuts of hickory and walnut trees that promote brain development, the compound in the water ash that helps prevent cancer, aerosols in pine trees that calm nerves. In precise, imaginative, and poetic prose, she describes the complexity and beauty of forests, as well as the environmental dangers they face. The author's indisputable passion for her subject matter will inspire readers to look at trees, and at their own connection to the natural world, with newfound awe.
The Dream of the Earth by Thomas BerryThomas Berry provides the ethical guidance needed to move beyond exploitation of the Earth toward a vision of a restorative, creative relationship with the natural world.
The Practice of the Wild by Gary SnyderGary Snyder has been a major cultural force in America for five decades. Future readers will come to see this book as one of the central texts on wilderness and the interaction of nature and culture. The nine essays in The Practice of the Wild reveal why Snyder has gone on to become one of America's cultural leaders, comprehending things about our world before they were ever discussed in public. With thoughts ranging from political and spiritual matters to those regarding the environment and the art of becoming native to this continent, this collection of essays, first published in 1990, reflect the mature centerpiece of the author's work and thought.
Canada's First Nations by Olive Patricia DickasonThis is a comprehensive history of Canada's original inhabitants-- Indians, Inuit, and later, Metis. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines history, anthropology, and archaeology, Dickason tells the story of the more than 50 nations in the territory that is now Canada, beginningwith the arrival of people in North America from across the Bering Strait many thousands of years ago.