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Nature Trees

The Heartbeat of Trees

Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature

by (author) Peter Wohlleben

translated by Jane Billinghurst

Publisher
Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Jun 2021
Category
Trees, Essays, Botany
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771646895
    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
    List Price
    $32.95

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES

A powerful return to the forest, where trees have heartbeats and roots are like brains that extend underground. Where the color green calms us, and the forest sharpens our senses.

In The Heartbeat of Trees, renowned forester Peter Wohlleben draws on new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world.In an era of cell phone addiction, climate change, and urban life, many of us fear we’ve lost our connection to nature—but Peter Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact.

Drawing on science and cutting-edge research, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring:

  • the language of the forest
  • the consciousness of plants
  • and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna. 

A perfect book to take with you into the woods, The Heartbeat of Trees shares how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste the forest.

Peter Wohlleben, renowned for his ability to write about trees in an engaging and moving way, reveals a wondrous cosmos where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation and environmental activism is not just about saving trees—it’s about saving ourselves, too.

Praise for The Heartbeat of Trees

“As human beings, we’re desperate to feel that we’re not alone in the universe. And yet we are surrounded by an ongoing conversation that we can sense if, as Peter Wohlleben so movingly prescribes, we listen to the heartbeat of all life.” —Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

“Astonishment after astonishment—that is the great gift of The Heartbeat of Trees. It is both a celebration of the wonders of trees, and a howl of outrage at how recklessly we profane them.” —Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth’s Wild Music

“As Peter Wohlleben reminds us in The Heartbeat of Trees, trees are the vocabulary of nature as forests are the brainbank of a living planet. This was the codex of the ancient world, and it must be the fine focus of our future.” —Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of To Speak for the Trees and The Global Forest

“Peter Wohlleben knows the battle that lies before us: forging a closer relationship with nature before we destroy it. In The Heartbeat of Trees he takes us deep into the global forest to show us how.”—Jim Robbins, author of The Man Who Planted Trees

About the authors

Peter Wohlleben is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees and its follow-ups The Inner Life of Animals and The Secret Wisdom of Nature. Peter lives in Germany next to a big, magical forest. He is currently working on another book for kids, all about tree children.

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Jane Billinghurst holds an M.A. in German and Philosophy from Oxford University and is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including Temptress: From the Original Bad Girls to Women on Top. She is also an editor and has been the director of Simon Fraser University's Summer Book Editing Workshop. She lives in Anacortes, Washington, where she can often be found tending her foxgloves and forget-me-nots or relaxing in a garden chair.

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Editorial Reviews

An Amazon Editors' Pick: Best Nonfiction! 

“Wohlleben confronts [climate change] directly. He is trenchant in his critique of tree plantations and wood-pellet-power plants, which claim to help the climate but, he argues, end up destabilizing it further.”
The New Yorker

“A simultaneously stimulating and soothing blend of nature writing and science.”
The Guardian

“[A] detailed, easy-to-read summary of what research has shown us about “the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants, and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna.’ In this excellent and updated sequel to his The Hidden Life of Trees,[...] Wohlleben writes beautifully about the reciprocal bonds we can form with trees and all sorts of nature.”
Psychology Today

“Drawing on scientific evidence and his many years of experience, [Peter Wohlleben] extolls the wonders of the forest. A persuasive invitation to get outside and bathe in nature, perfect for tree huggers and fans of the author’s other books.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[An] eclectic look at humanity’s relationships with trees... Nature-minded readers will enjoy this episodic deep dive.”
Publishers Weekly

“A return to the wonders of trees. [Wohlleben] presents the latest scientific findings illuminating how trees communicate, respond to their surroundings, and feel pain, and how their pumping of water at regular intervals creates 'heartbeats' …. and elucidates precisely why 'true forests' are 'our most powerful allies in the fight against climate change.'” 
Booklist

“[The Heartbeat of Trees] showcases the interconnectedness of humans and nature... Wohlleben takes a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating history, science, medicine, and mysticism. He balances poetic descriptions with analytical thoughts; beauty is at the heart of both. The result is a text that is full of wonder and insatiable curiosity, and that invites love for humanity and the natural world.”
Foreword Reviews

“[Like] a walk in the woods…[Wohlleben] urges hope, not despair, about our environmental malaise. [The Heartbeat of Trees] will appeal to fans of popular science and anyone curious about natural history.”
Library Journal

“With this new book, [Wohlleben] goes deeper into the woods ... He writes in an engaging and avuncular manner as if telling a good bedtime story, although no fairy tale, but one largely rooted in science.”
South China Morning Post

“As Peter Wohlleben reminds us in The Heartbeat of Trees, trees are the vocabulary of nature as forests are the brainbank of a living planet. This was the codex of the ancient world, and it must be the fine focus of our future.”
Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of To Speak for the Trees and The Global Forest

“Astonishment after astonishment—that is the great gift of The Heartbeat of Trees. It is both a celebration of the wonders of trees, and a howl of outrage at how recklessly we profane them.”
Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth’s Wild Music

“Human beings are desperate to not feel alone in the universe. We are not. We are surrounded by an ongoing conversation that we can sense, if, as Peter Wohlleben so movingly prescribes, we listen to the heartbeat of all life.”
Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

“Peter Wohlleben knows the battle that lies before us: forging a closer relationship with nature before we destroy it. In The Heartbeat of Trees he takes us deep into the global forest to show us how.”
Jim Robbins, author of The Man Who Planted Trees

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The Secret Network of Nature

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Winterlust

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foreword by Mark Kurlansky
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The Secret Wisdom of Nature

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translated by Jane Billinghurst

Papa Goose

One Year, Seven Goslings, and the Flight of My Life

by (author) Michael Quetting
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The Inner Life of Animals

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Birdmania

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The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World

by (author) Peter Wohlleben
foreword by Tim Flannery
translated by Jane Billinghurst
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Temptress

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