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10 Great Books About the Wisdom of Trees

Sit under (or in) a tree with one of these great reads.

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When my daughter was about six years old, we were lucky enough to live in a house with an enormous Poinciana tree gracing the yard. It was full of lush orange blossoms and had a wide, resplendent canopy. One day while I was working away at my computer, my daughter started yelling for me to come outside. I walked out and saw she had climbed to an impossible spot at the top of the tree, her tiny head intent and popping above the canopy. “Mom, call the newspapers!” My normally shy and soft-spoken willow of a girl was shouting with urgency. “Why?” I asked. She responded with absolute authority: “Because we’ve discovered heaven!”And there you have it. Heaven is indeed found in the top of a tree, in the call of a bird in flight, or in the damp silence of a forest. As the poet W. S. Merwin said in a recent conversation, “When I was a very young boy, I felt that if I only knew how to listen, the trees had something very important to tell me.”We may not always be able to listen to the trees outdoors in their splendor, but we can always take refuge in great books with trees as central characters, ironically telli …

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