Book review: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I began reading Braiding Sweetgrass shortly after I was lent the paperback book in September 2021. The subheading is Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Being divided into chapters, all beautifully written with much food for thought, it was easy to put this book aside and pick it up later. I finished reading it towards the end of March.

Although the plants in the book all grow in North America I cannot recommend Braiding Sweetgrass highly enough, no matter where you live. Robin Wall Kimmerer combines her people’s traditions with the knowledge she has gained through her scientific training. There are stories about places and people, traditional tales and warnings about taking creation for granted.

The world would be a better place if we all regarded the good things of the earth as gifts, respecting living things and not making monetary gain and material possessions our priority.


Book Review: Maiden Voyages by Siân Evans

Maiden Voyages: Women and the Golden Age of Transatlantic Travel caught my eye in the library. I had already renewed it once before I began reading it, but once I began it I was hooked.

Siân Evans has done a huge amount of research to discover the stories of many women in the 20th century, who worked or travelled on transatlantic ships. Some of the stories are tragic; others have surprising outcomes in the way they have affected history.

While I was reading Maiden Voyages we heard the news of the P&O Ferries’ redundancies. This was another example of how badly seafarers have been treated historically. In the past there were no laws to protect workers. Now there is no excuse.

Before I had finished reading Maiden Voyages hubby began reading it. He is also finding it extremely interesting.

The strapline on American editions of this book is Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women who Traveled and Worked aboard them.

Please note: For the month of April Sue’s Trifles will be participating in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge. There will be themed posts every day except Sunday. Read more about my A to Z Challenge 2022.


Book Review: The Lie of the Land by Ian Vince

The Lie of the Land (library hardback copy)

On the cover are the words: The Lie of the Land An Under-the Field Guide to the British Isles, A spotter’s guide to the Britain beneath your feet. I found this book in the local library and was attracted by the cover and subject matter. The Lie of the Land is very readable, but there was so much new material for me to digest that it has taken me a few months to read it from cover to cover. I was fascinated to learn about different types of rock and how mountains were formed. The movement of continents to form the arrangement we are familiar with is also fascinating. The final chapter includes a scientific explanation of how the sun, earth and moon were formed.

Anyone with an interest in the natural world would find this book interesting. There are some humorous moments as well as all the information, maps and diagrams. The British countryside is something which fascinates me. I have travelled around Britain rather than spending lots of holidays overseas. There are still many areas I have not visited, but I have been to Land’s End, John o’ Groats and Dunnet Head, and climbed the highest mountains in England and Wales. I only have to look out of the window to see a valley formed by glaciers.

Because The Lie of the Land was written over a decade ago (Copyright 2010) the associated online resources are no longer kept up-to-date. They could still be used as a taster for the book.