A Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats, and Benedictions
As author Gene Logsdon puts it, "We are all tree huggers." But not just for sentimental or even environmental reasons. Humans have always depended on trees for our food, shelter, livelihood, and safety. In many ways, despite the Grimm's fairy-tale version of the dark, menacing forest, most people still hold a deep cultural love of woodland settings, and feel right at home in the woods.
In this latest book, A Sanctuary of Trees, Logsdon offers a loving tribute to the woods, tracing the roots of his own home groves in Ohio back to the Native Americans and revealing his own history and experiences living in many locations, each of which was different, yet inextricably linked with trees and the natural world. Whether as an adolescent studying at a seminary or as a journalist living just outside Philadelphia's city limits, Gene has always lived and worked close to the woods, and his curiosity and keen sense of observation have taught him valuable lessons about a wide variety of trees: their distinct characteristics and the multiple benefits and uses they have.
In addition to imparting many fascinating practical details of woods wisdom, A Sanctuary of Trees is infused with a philosophy and descriptive lyricism that is born from the author's passionate and lifelong relationship with nature: There is a point at which the tree shudders before it begins its descent. Then slowly it tips, picks up speed, often with a kind of wailing death cry from rending wood fibers, and hits the ground with a whump that literally shakes the earth underfoot. The air, in the aftermath, seems to shimmy and shiver, as if saturated with static electricity. Then follows an eerie silence, the absolute end to a very long life.
Fitting squarely into the long and proud tradition of American nature writing, A Sanctuary of Trees also reflects Gene Logsdon's unique personality and perspective, which have marked him over the course of his two dozen previous books as the authentic voice of rural life and traditions.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing
Gene Logsdon, author of "A Sanctuary of Trees," has spent most of his long lifetime among trees. As a boy, trees were his playground, as the cover photograph illustrates. Later they became his ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juniperSun - LibraryThing
Partway thru this book I began to feel as if I had read it before. Logsdon does repeat some of the same points throughout the book, but also generally mentions which chapter he had previously ... Read full review
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The Dark Side of the Woods
Your Own LowCost Wood Products
The Living Architecture of a Tree
Practical Wildwood Food
Jewels in Wood
Starting a Grove from Scratch
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