Turning Over New Leaves: A Nature Collection

Earlier this year, I picked up LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren, in no way expecting to be swept away (or caught laughing to myself on the bus) reading about a girl and her trees. I adored Hope’s evocation of her Midwestern roots; her friendship with her quirky, often-homeless lab partner, an ongoing trunk of support; and, admirably, the seeds she sowed for women in science. But what I found most endearing (you can see where I’m going with this, can’t you?) were the trees themselves.

For me, at least, it was eye opening to discover how our own humanity and civilization are mirrored in the community of trees. And to think how much we take their presence for granted! Luckily, there is no shortage of research and interest on these pillars of nature. THE TREE by Colin Tudge releases in audio for the first time this week, and not unlike Jahren, Tudge is “both scientifically literate and lyrically inclined, “(Washington Post), offering listeners both an engaging and elegant look at the life of the tree.

Why stop there, though? The delights of the natural world are endless and waiting to be discovered. Maybe instead of trees, it’s the ocean that mystifies you. Or perhaps wildlife. Wherever your interests lie in nature, there is indeed, an audiobook for that. No matter which you choose, sit back, listen, and take comfort in worlds other than our own that are just as complex.