Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

William Bryant Logan is a practicing arborist and the author of four acclaimed books on nature: Sprout Lands, Dirt, Oak, and Air. He is on the faculty of the New York Botanical Garden and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


A metaphor for hope in a changing world.--Barbara Kiser
Logan's words are full of beauty, awe, and practical wisdom. At a time when forests are in crisis worldwide, his call to deeper, more intimate connection with our leafy cousins is both timely and important.--David George Haskell, author of John Burroughs Medalist The Songs of Trees and Pulitzer finalist The Forest Unseen
Any subject the poetical William Bryant Logan tackles is guaranteed to be rich and surprising.--Dominique Browning
William Bryant Logan's vision of a world in which humans and trees work together to mutual benefit--a world that has existed in the past and can exist again in the future--is cause for deep joy, for celebration and hope.--Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees
If you feel profound respect and affection for trees, maybe even a touch of awe, then you'll find a kindred spirit in William Bryant Logan.... Logan takes us around the globe to show how woodlands have supported human life, and how humans, in turn, have cared for woodlands. We are the richer for the understanding he shares with us.--Scott Russell Sanders, author of A Conservationist Manifesto
[Logan] knows trees, and much more. Tree lovers--even those who consider pollarded trees ghastly and strange, will be drawn in by [Logan's] vast cultural and scientific references, and charmed by passages that read like prose poems.
[Logan's] astute attentiveness and curiosity have resulted in a radiant, insightful amalgam of botany, history, travel memoir, anthropology, archaeology, philosophical meditation, and, not least, environmental ecology.
Mindful of debts owed and fearful of a future where such wisdom is wasted, Logan speaks of these kindred spirits, both plant and human, with admiration and affection. The result is a lush and lyrical homage to the role trees play in culture, from healing and beauty to sustenance and safety.