Thursday, June 01, 2023

Top ten books about connecting with nature

Hannah Stowe writes, paints, and sails. Her boat is named Larry.
I am drawn to literature that cements humans as a part of nature and stories than use the natural world to anchor our lived experiences, to explore what it means to be human, to help to understand ourselves as a part of the ecosystem [she writes at the Guardian]. In my own writing, I explore my changing relationship with the sea, how nature has both hurt and healed my body and mind, and how wild creatures have provided waypoints along a physical and emotional navigation.
Stowe's new book is Move Like Water: My Story of the Sea.

At the Guardian she tagged ten books that "explore how nature can help us understand the human experiences of addiction, illness, loss, loneliness and allow us to find solace, sanctuary, connection and subtle wisdom in the wild." One title on the list:
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Owens’s debut novel tells the tale of a girl abandoned by her family and by society, left to be raised by and in the wild of the marsh in North Carolina. The marsh is a transitional place, where land becomes water, a place where organisms must adapt to survive. The protagonist Kya is no different as she navigates the twisting, shifting waterways and makes a life for herself. Nature becomes her family and her teacher, as she finds companionship with birds, learns how to feed herself, how to survive, how to stave off the loneliness that accompanies her and develops incredibly astute biological and ecological observations.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue