The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Women Writing on the Green World
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The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Women Writing on the Green World

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A bumper crop of the best writing by women on women and plants

Since prehistory, plants--as sources of food, medicine, clothing, beauty, and life itself--have been the province of women. Yet no previous book has attempted to bring together the rich literature this husbandry has inspired. This burgeoning collection amply addresses that lack, with more than three dozen select
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 21st 2002 by North Point Press (first published February 2001)
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I liked this book so much I bought myself a copy. There is one story that I read over and over: "La Limpia," it describes a cleansing ritual by a Mexican curandera. Every time I read it, I become very relaxed and peaceful - exactly what the cleansing ritual is supposed to make (you) feel. My second favorite story is State of Grace by Molly Peacock. It too is a very soothing story and is probably the closest description of what the meditative state feels like. All the stories (and poetry) in this...more
Jun 06, 2009 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather by: it found me in the library. i was looking for alice walker poetr
so much living information in this book. read the essay on orchids on the beach in cancun. next day, went exploring in the jungles of coba and found the brilliant species of orchid that does not require soil, just kickin it free style. these orchids hang from trees and rocks with their roots exposed and gather nutrients, sunlight, and moisture from the air. they simply couldn't compete with all the other roots in the ground in such dense jungles and forests. so they said, soil? who needs soil. n...more
This collection is now ten years old, but the essays don't feel dated. Though we've made progress in terms of environmental consciousness and ecological practice since 2001, in many ways we've backslid, a fact the essays make abundantly clear. But there isn't a lot of beating the reader over the head going on here; the editors generally selected pieces that let the terrible facts speak for themselves, plus adding a healthy handful of more hopeful essays, which help us remember that the struggle...more
Juliette Williams
Still have to finish this, although I had to return it to the library. For a good bedside table read (you can read one of the stories before bed), it's a lovely way to end your day reflectively and peacefully. Will finish it and post a followup review. (My problem is that I get too many books from the library and don't end up finishing them before they're due back!)
Aug 23, 2009 Christie is currently reading it
I'm going to start reading a book I bought in 2001- about "women writing on the green world" - I'm feelin' kinda in-tune with Nature and this book includes snippets of earth-focused pieces form well known nature writting enthusiasts.
Jessica Jackson
This book is full of amazing stories, essays, and poems by women about their connection to the earth. Most of the pieces were quick to read, and flowery. I especially enjoyed the pieces by Susan Orlean and Isabel Allende.
As in most anthologies there are ups and downs, but more ups than downs in this one. Recommended for that somewhat limited audience of those interested in ecology/ eco-psychology from a woman's viewpoint.
Melissa Luna
This is a wonderful book. Varied in both approach, style and content it would be perfect for a beach holiday or any other time when short stories are preferrable to a novel.
Christine Ann
A wonderful collection of stories, both poetic and educational. As a lover of nature, it deepened my interest and appreciation of the "green world."
still haven't read all the entries, but i enjoy picking it up from time to time. the entries vary from poems to essays to memoirs.
I really wanted to like this book. Some of the stories were good, like the one about orchids, but many of them were kind of cheesy.
I was quite taken by this book, and it made me want to hike more, and be a gardener, and lie in the grass and study bugs.
Mila Paul
I finally found this book at a bookstore and read a few excerpts. Definately on the hoped-for list!
Mar 07, 2008 Summer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Summer by: andy
wonderful essays and poetry, written by women, all having to do with plants and our relationships to them.
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