News Flash Home
The original item was published from 4/3/2019 9:49:00 AM to 4/11/2019 12:05:06 AM.

News Flash

Library Readers Advisory

Posted on: April 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] The Concord Insider's Book of the Week

The Wild Trees Book Cover

Check the Insider each Tuesday for your weekly dose of reading recommendation excitement!

This week’s review:

(In celebration of upcoming Arbor Day!)

The Wild Trees: A Story of Daring and Passion | Richard Preston | 2007, 294 pages | Nonfiction

Richard Preston delivers a captivating story about some of the oldest living (some predating the fall of Rome) and largest organisms (in some instances over 350 feet high) on the planet. Described as “the dreadnaughts of trees, the blue whales of the plant kingdom,” the coastal redwood trees in Northern California harbor their own ecosystems in their canopies. These mysterious worlds were undiscovered until the 1980s when people finally began ascending the giant trees.

As if the trees weren’t fascinating enough, Preston explores these “oceans in the sky” through a cast of bewitched characters. Botanist Steve Sillet becomes a pioneer of redwood climbing after an intense redwood free-climbing experience as a youth. He eventually marries Canadian botanist Marie Antoine, and they explore the forests together using innovative aerial techniques. Redwood enthusiast Michael Taylor drifts away from his wealthy family to hunt for the largest tree on the planet while exploring previously undiscovered groves. The transfixed explorers are as haunting and complex as the trees.

This is one of my favorite books to recommend to nature lovers and those that like to read about science and exploration.

Mathew Bose

Mat Bitmoji

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Library Readers Advisory


Need a New Reading Recommendation?

Posted on: February 22, 2024

Find Your Niche @ Your Library

Posted on: January 22, 2024
UBN is Back!

UBN Returns for the 3rd Year!

Posted on: January 2, 2024