Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Sanctuary of Trees Book Review by ChristineMM

Title: A Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats, and Benedictions
Author: Gene Logsdon
Publication: Chelsea Green, 2012
Nonfiction, Trees – Utilization, Ecology, Folklore, Nature in Literature, Philosophy of Nature, Country Life

My Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5 = I Love It

Summary Statement:
Storytelling + Philosophical Musings + Love of Nature + Trees

Logsdon is a fantastic storyteller. To describe his writing is not easy, it is storytelling mixed with facts that educate us while also infusing his thoughts and philosophical musings. Logsdon educates us on how to use trees for food and fuel, embedded in a story. Included is a lot of information for how people can utilize a woodlot to use to supply themselves with wood to burn to heat their homes, something he has done and something he wishes more people would do.

This is not a regular factual nonfiction book to teach and educate. Logsdon is a storyteller and his love for trees and nature is clearly apparent throughout.

I enjoyed reading this book slowly; there is no need to speed read to rush through it. As a tree lover who lived with two acres of my own Connecticut woods for over ten years and my grandmother in Maine owned hundreds of acres, on which were several woodlots, so I really loved this book. This is a book that I really enjoyed reading even though at present I can’t use the woodlot advice.

This is a worthy read for people who love trees and who enjoy philosophical writings about nature as well as for people looking for more practical advice about wild crafting tree food and maintaining a woodlot.

Disclosure: I received one unit of this product from's Vine program for the purpose of reviewing it on the site. I was not paid to write the review or to blog it, nor was I under obligation to review it favorably.

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