HOLIDAY-GIFT-GUIDE-BAR_thumb1

FOR THE PERSON WHO LOVES (OR WOULD LOVE) “My Octopus Teacher”

1. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction—a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. Warm, lyrical, and gorgeously illustrated by Fumi Nakamura, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy.

2. Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Gumbs employs a brilliant mix of poetic sensibility and naturalist observation to show what they might teach us, producing not a specific agenda but an unfolding space for wondering and questioning. Our aquatic cousins are queer, fierce, protective of each other, complex, shaped by conflict, and struggling to survive the extractive and militarized conditions our species has imposed on the ocean.

3. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.

4. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

With more than 2 million copies sold worldwide, this beautifully-written book journeys deep into the forest to uncover the fascinating—and surprisingly moving—hidden life of trees.

5. The Overstory by Richard Powers 

The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world.

6. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

This fascinating book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

HOLIDAY 2020 GIFT GUIDE: LOVED MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
Tagged on:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *