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Braiding Sweetgrass

By Robin Wall Kimmerer
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“Robin Wall Kimmerer is writer of rare grace. She writes about the natural world from a place of such abundant passion that one can never quite see the world the same way after having seen it through Kimmerer’s eyes. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she takes 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. She is a great teacher, and her words are a hymn of love to the world.”—Elizabeth Gilbert

“Robin Wall Kimmerer has written an extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach of science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people. It is the way she captures beauty that I love the most—the images of giant cedars and wild strawberries, a forest in the rain and a meadow of fragrant sweetgrass will stay with you long after you read the last page.”—Jane Goodall

“With deep compassion and graceful prose, Robin Wall Kimmerer encourages readers to consider the ways that our lives and language weave through the natural world. A mesmerizing storyteller, she shares legends from her Potawatomi ancestors to illustrate the culture of gratitude in which we all should live.”Publishers Weekly

“Robin Wall Kimmerer opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as inanimate.”—Krista Tippett, host of On Being

“The gift of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book is that she provides readers the ability to see a very common world in uncommon ways, or, rather, in ways that have been commonly held but have recently been largely discarded. She puts forth the notion that we ought to be interacting in such a way that the land should be thankful for the people.”Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Braiding Sweetgrass is instructive poetry. Robin Wall Kimmerer has put the spiritual relationship that Chief Seattle called the ‘web of life’ into writing. Industrial societies lack the understanding of the interrelationships that bind all living things—this book fills that void. I encourage one and all to read these instructions.”—Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation and Indigenous Environmental Leader

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4.5
“This book has truly altered how I think about the world and my place in it. It’s more than a book, it’s the truth of the world and the spirit and science of Mother Nature. Kimmerer opens your mind to the connection of human and nature through her lenses of indigenous knowledge and poetic yet scientific explanations.”
Beautifully writtenDescriptive writing
Thinking Face“I know I am late to this one. I started it a while ago, stopped because I wasn’t in the right mind space, and returned recently. Wow. I am so glad I did. This is a quiet, meditative collection of essays that will make you view the world in a new light. It made me cry (I almost never cry from books), smile, cry again, and smile again. Thanks for the recommendations and reminders about this gorgeous gift. And if, like me, you picked this up during a media hype period but haven’t finished it, consider this post your sign to return. 🌎💕”
Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingBeautiful settingImmersive setting
Slightly Smiling Face“Robin Wall Kimmerer is genuinely such a talented, beautiful writer. It took me a while to listen to the whole of this book, but I would recommend the audiobook as it is read by her. I think the learnings I took from this book will stay with me for the rest of my life. I feel as if I will be searching for some of her words or even just tome in conversations and discussions.”
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About Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

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