"Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world hold us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift."
In Braiding Sweetgrass, author Robin Wall Kimmerer defies genre to blend memoir, botany, and indigenous ecology in a series of thought-provoking essays that will leave you rethinking your relationship to the natural world. Kimmerer is that gifted writer who can make nonfiction read like poetry, and her reverence for her subject sings off the pages. While the topics of the essays range from basket weaving, to moss, to gathering maple syrup; the themes range from gratitude for nature, the importance of tradition and culture, and the need for balance. Most essay books will have a dud or two, but we enjoyed every one of these. This is an important read that comes at a time when we desperately need to shift our relationship with the land from one of extraction to one of care and balance. 5 stars from #owcbookrecs.