The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature
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About the Author
Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. He is the author of numerous books about the natural world including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, The Inner Lives of Animals, and The Secret Wisdom of Nature, which together make up his bestselling The Mysteries of Nature Series. He has also written numerous books for children including Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and Peter and the Tree Children.
Jane Billinghurst's career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator. She is the translator of the New York Times-bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees by German forester Peter Wohlleben.
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"It's hard to dispute the book's overall message; namely, that time spent in nature can serve as both a balm for anxiety and a bulwark against despair."
--Globe and Mail
"Wohlleben confronts [climate change] directly. He is trenchant in his critique of tree plantations and wood-pellet-power plants, which claim to help the climate but, he argues, end up destabilizing it further."
--The New Yorker
"A simultaneously stimulating and soothing blend of nature writing and science."
"[A] detailed, easy-to-read summary of what research has shown us about "the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants, and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna.' In this excellent and updated sequel to his The Hidden Life of Trees, [...] Wohlleben writes beautifully about the reciprocal bonds we can form with trees and all sorts of nature."
"Drawing on scientific evidence and his many years of experience, [Peter Wohlleben] extolls the wonders of the forest. A persuasive invitation to get outside and bathe in nature, perfect for tree huggers and fans of the author's other books."
"[An] eclectic look at humanity's relationships with trees... Nature-minded readers will enjoy this episodic deep dive."
"A return to the wonders of trees. [Wohlleben] presents the latest scientific findings illuminating how trees communicate, respond to their surroundings, and feel pain, and how their pumping of water at regular intervals creates 'heartbeats' .... and elucidates precisely why 'true forests' are 'our most powerful allies in the fight against climate change.'"
"[The Heartbeat of Trees] showcases the interconnectedness of humans and nature... Wohlleben takes a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating history, science, medicine, and mysticism. He balances poetic descriptions with analytical thoughts; beauty is at the heart of both. The result is a text that is full of wonder and insatiable curiosity, and that invites love for humanity and the natural world."
"[Like] a walk in the woods...[Wohlleben] urges hope, not despair, about our environmental malaise. [The Heartbeat of Trees] will appeal to fans of popular science and anyone curious about natural history."
"Wohlleben's gentle voice is almost as soothing as a walk in the woods, and his message is vital. You'll be inspired to go forest bathing, see trees as 'standing on their heads, ' understand that nature is marked by solidarity, and gain insights into the language of the forest after spending time with Wohlleben."
--The Real Dirt
"With this new book, [Wohlleben] goes deeper into the woods ... He writes in an engaging and avuncular manner as if telling a good bedtime story, although no fairy tale, but one largely rooted in science."
--South China Morning Post
"As Peter Wohlleben reminds us in The Heartbeat of Trees, trees are the vocabulary of nature as forests are the brainbank of a living planet. This was the codex of the ancient world, and it must be the fine focus of our future."
-- Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of To Speak for the Trees and The Global Forest
"Astonishment after astonishment--that is the great gift of The Heartbeat of Trees. It is both a celebration of the wonders of trees, and a howl of outrage at how recklessly we profane them."
--Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth's Wild Music
"Human beings are desperate to not feel alone in the universe. We are not. We are surrounded by an ongoing conversation that we can sense, if, as Peter Wohlleben so movingly prescribes, we listen to the heartbeat of all life."
--Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods
"Peter Wohlleben knows the battle that lies before us: forging a closer relationship with nature before we destroy it. In The Heartbeat of Trees he takes us deep into the global forest to show us how."
--Jim Robbins, author of The Man Who Planted Trees