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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer was one of the first books I “read” when I moved to the USA two years ago. I first listened to it on Audible after searching for books relating to North East US and the landscape that was now my home. I bought it immediately after listening to a small sample. Her voice was made for story telling. I’ve had a few too many bad experiences where an author reads their own work but this wasn’t the case with Robin. I listened through twice and now I’m listening again.  I’ve also bought the book which I’ve read twice and bought copies as Christmas presents. I can hear her voice when I read. If you like audiobooks, I’m sure you’ll love her narration.

So, yes, I’m a big fan! I’ve also read and listened to her book on mosses. She turned a very esoteric subject into something fascinating. I’m sure every permaculturalist would relate to her words. She made me want to head out into the woods with a magnifying glass.

When I first moved here, I was dismayed at how little I knew about the trees, plants and fungi I saw when I went out walking in the woods. So much looked like what I knew, but was unknown. I grew up with English oak and there was a tree with oak leaves and acorns but clearly was something different. I bought some books and then discovered the seek app and iNaturalist. A year later and my knowledge had grown to a point that when I reread the paragraph describing the landscape where sweet grass grew, it all sounded familiar.

I’m still finding my feet here, so when I’m a little more settled in, I’ll return and write a proper book review.

 
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Robin is one of my role models! Have you read her online piece, "Corn Tastes Better On the Honor System?" It's set up as an interactive web 'experience,' but I believe you can also listen to it. It's no cost: Corn Tastes Better On the Honor System
 
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I haven’t Jen - thank you. I’ll check it out.
 
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After someone quoted a small part of the text here on permies, I checked my library website and put a reserve on it. I'm currently 183 of 208 reserves. That suggests to me that it's a *really good book*. The library system has lots of copies, so I expect I'll have it soon enough, but I'm looking forward to it even more after reading this thread.
 
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Edward Norton wrote:I’m still finding my feet here, so when I’m a little more settled in, I’ll return and write a proper book review.


Edward, how about if I set it up as a wiki page for the Permies Book Review Grid? That's where folks go to learn about books or research books they want more information about. This book sounds like an excellent one to add to the grid. On its wiki page, I can include a link to this thread, and that's where we can direct all official book reviews there.

In fact, here's a thread on how Permies' reviews work.
 
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Jay - I hope you don’t have to wait too long. I’m not surprised its so popular. I have a small local bookshop and it’s always on the prime shelf. I think it’s one of those books that spreads by word of mouth.
 
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Thanks Leigh - I’d love to write a review. I did have a look over there before posting here, hence my newbie comment. It might take me a week or so to complete as I’m rereading it now and I’ll need to take some notes and then condense.
 
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Wonderful book!  I didn't know that Robin was my neighbor until she visited my farm with a group of SUNY ESF students who were participating in a braintan buckskin workshop.  Wonderfully Wise Woman.
 
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Braiding Sweetgrass is now added to the Permies Book Review Grid. It's official wiki page is here. It's ready for reviews! When writing book reviews, please remember to use the magic words "I give this book X out of 10 acorns." That way the system knows to count it. The more reviews the book gets, the higher it is moved up the grid.

Edward, I hope it's okay that I changed the subject line of this thread, to give it a distinct title. I used the "title by" wording because that's standard for the book wiki pages.

I have to say that after reading this thread and doing the grid research for the book, I definitely want to read it! Edward, thank you for starting this conversation.
 
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I first heard her speak on podcasts prior to the release of the book. She really does have an amazing voice and manner, so calming. I started reading the book in a bookclub of my land steward extension office group. What I read was really amazing. I didn't finish the book because it was shortly after the death of my grandson and I just couldn't stop crying with all the mothering references, not that there was anything wrong with them, it just reminded me of all that we lost. Now one of my kids and both of my parents have read the book and absolutely adore it. I highly recommend it and I know that I will finish it when I feel emotionally able to.
 
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I just found this book a few weeks ago and have slowly been reading it! It is great...
 
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I have first heard about this book over a year ago here on Permies. Then some weeks ago somebody mentioned it in a German Facebook group. I didn't even know there was a German edition.
And on Sunday there was a screening of Dances with Wolves on the Arte television. I don't think I have seen it since it came out 30 years ago. And there was Kicking Bird's wife kindling a braid of sweetgrass and I had to think of the book.
BTW, the movie is still great but it is definitely a child of its time. The love story is just too out of place, the hairdos - cringeworthy as my daughters would say. But Wind in His Hair is as good as 30 years ago, as is Graham Green.

Now that things are almost back to normal I might renew my membership card for the Central Public Library of Munich and get the book.
Thanks for the reminder.
 
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Thanks Leigh - just goes to show how green I am here . . . I thought I would have to create the wiki page. Thank you for doing that. Happy with the thread title change.

Really happy to read so many positive replies on such a great book.
 
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Edward Norton wrote:Thanks Leigh - just goes to show how green I am here . . . I thought I would have to create the wiki page.


Hey, we all start at the same place --- the beginning! Once you learn your way around, you can absolutely create book summary pages for the grid, although I think it takes a staff member to turn it into a wiki and add it to the grid.

You'll find instructions here -> How Permies Works - links to useful threads, along with a lot of other really useful information.
 
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You'll find instructions here -> How Permies Works - links to useful threads, along with a lot of other really useful information.



Just what I needed! I was starting to think I need to post - “I’m a dumb newbie with too many questions” post. Thanks.
 
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Robin is one of my role models! Have you read her online piece, "Corn Tastes Better On the Honor System?" It's set up as an interactive web 'experience,' but I believe you can also listen to it. It's no cost: Corn Tastes Better On the Honor System



Thank you Jen! What a wonderful and thought provoking essay. I finally had an hour to sit and just listen.

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