Gathering Moss

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press), 2015.

Kimmerer - Gathering Moss
Robin Wall Kimmerer is an academically trained botanist who also is an ardent student of Indigenous teachings about the healing properties and contributions to humans of plants. She brings far more than her expertise to this book, however. She brings a creative and beautiful style of telling stories and writing. Her book is a very easy read, yet contains layer upon`lay of complex thought.

Before I had finished the book, she had me getting out my magnifying glass and macro lens. I was inspired to take a much closer look at the world through which I pass every day. Her deep sense of wonder and respect for the ways of pants in inspirational. The book is a collection of personal essays that enables the reader to deepen understanding of the role of tiny plants in the overall web of ecological relationships. She brings many perspectives into her writing: scientist, teacher, mother, student of Native American heritage, and much more.

This book is a great reference for those seeking deeper understanding of Native American culture as well as those who wish to extend their understanding of plants.