Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak
Mapes evokes the wonder and joy of forests, and the poetics and botany of trees, living intimately with her oak through four seasons. She dives deeply into the world of self-described "tree geeks" and becomes one herself, exploring her tree from roots to crown. She also offers a clear-eyed assessment of what the tree tells us about climate change, from the heartwood at its core to the photosynthetic cycle deep in its leaves.
Mixing storytelling, tree lore, and cutting-edge science, Mapes offers a new approach to thinking about how we might live together into the far future on a planet we have changed in ways we never intended—and how trees help show us the way.
About the Author
"A meticulously, beautifully layered portrayal of vulnerability and loss, renewal and hope, this extensively researched yet deeply personal book is a timely call to bear witness and to act in an age of climate-change denial."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The intriguing, and more intimate, Witness Tree . . . portrays trees as 'scribes, diarists, historians.' They are 'among our oldest journalists.' A reporter herself . . . Mapes sets out to tell the story of climate change through one tree. But that is, marvelously, the least of it."—New York Times Book Review
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