How I Became a Tree

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Yale University Press
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5.57 X 8.5 X 0.69 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author
Sumana Roy is associate professor of English and creative writing at Ashoka University in Haryana, India. She is the author of Missing: A Novel, Out of Syllabus: Poems, and My Mother's Lover and Other Stories.

"With...tender attentiveness to the non-human, [this] narrative speaks of more compassionate and resilient modes of existence than those devised by the perennially agitated makers of history."--Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian 'Summer Reading'

"Beautiful. . . . Throughout the collection, Roy weaves together science, nature, personal narrative, literature, sociology, and more to keep the reader turning pages--and to turn us all into tree-lovers."--Kateri Kramer, The Rumpus

"Not just a meditation on trees but also an exploration of how they have functioned in literary history, theology, and this world of ours."--Emily Temple, Literary Hub

"The takeaway from How I Became a Tree might simply be: We would all do well by ourselves and for the world if we lived more like plants. . . . [this] insights may appear, at first, as simply philosophical or even fantasy, but this is a book for looking deeper."--Jon M. Sweeney, Spirituality & Practice

A Publishers Weekly Holiday Gift Guide 2021 selection

A Spiritual & Practice Best Book of 2021

"Sumana Roy has written--grown--a radiant and wondrous book, which roots and branches in complex, provocative ways, helping us recognize trees for the 'strange strangers' they are, companion-citizens with which we think and remember, yes, but also alien beings that draw love, hate, indifference, and even lust from us humans."--Robert Macfarlane, author of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

"This is one of the most original, delightful, inspiring books I have read in a long time. It will enchant and move the reader with its unique imaginative mindset, its humorous touches, and its defiance of convention."--Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

"A poetic, probing meditation on how trees are, to paraphrase Lévi-Strauss, 'good to think with.' Sumana Roy gives us a fresh and surprising look at a topic as old as the Epic of Gilgamesh, or to put it another way, almost as old as the oldest living trees."--Robert Moor, bestselling author of On Trails: An Exploration

"A genuinely exceptional work that is as poetic as it is scholarly--quirky, enlightening and enriching."--Chandak Sengoopta, Birbeck College, University of London