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Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

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Suzanne Simard

12 Hours 13 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2021

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery

Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.

In this, her first book, now available in paperback, Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths--that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.

Simard writes--in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways—how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies--and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.

And Simard writes of her own life, born and raised into a logging world in the rainforests of British Columbia, of her days as a child spent cataloging the trees from the forest and how she came to love and respect them. And as she writes of her scientific quest, she writes of her own journey, making us understand how deeply human scientific inquiry exists beyond data and technology, that it is about understanding who we are and our place in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Really cool listen about how the forest is connected. Susan put decades of hard work in to proving that the forest shares just about everything, and needs a diversity of native plants to operate at maximum health.

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  • Anonymous

    I heard Suzanne interviewed when this book came out. I was so pleased that she narrates this book. I cried when I finished and I have since read everything I can on the Mother Tree Project. Thank you Suzanne for your commitment to our forests and ultimately our planet.

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  • Anonymous

    Finally proving with science what all of our ancestors knew. She should go down in history as one of the people that completely changes the way modern society looks at the forest ecosystem and with trees in general. It gets a little repetitive but wonderfully descriptive details about the amazing world within the forest.

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  • Jeffrey B.

    This has changed my relationship to the natural world.

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