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The Reading Room

This list of recommended reading consists only of books I’ve read and consider both outstanding and timeless. My intention is to share publications that will reach a broad audience, as different books will resonate with different readers and varying age groups. Expect this list to grow - like a tree - it’s roots flourishing in healthy soil with branches reaching for the sun and foliage that changes with the seasons.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams.  Florence Williams has uncovered the science behind the positive effects that spending time in nature has on the human brain and health. http://www.florencewilliams.com/the-nature-fix

The Power of the Crystalline Trees by g.c. Ramirez.  Book One of the Golden Spiral Series for the Young Adult reader follows the main character on a perilous coming-of-age journey through a post-apocalyptic and offers a hopeful view of the future and the way to get there.  Sold on Amazon.

The Secret Lives of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.  The first in the author’s Mysteries of Nature Trilogy, the social network of forests and the similarity to human relationships is explained through groundbreaking scientific discoveries.

The 3-Day Effect - How Nature Calms the Brain by Florence Williams, Audible Audiobook.  Narrated by the author, this short story has long-lasting impacts on the listener as you join the journey of four different three-day wilderness excursions with war veterans, survivors of sex trafficking, a nature-skeptic cast-in-stone urbanite, and a small group of women seeking healing and answers after life-changing events.  Audible Audiobook only.

The Invention of Nature:  Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf. In this National Best Seller, the author has resurrected the life of Alexander von Humbolt, a nineteenth-century visionary scientist and naturalist, whose thoughts and work changed the way we view the natural world and paved the road to modern environmentalism.  Sold on Amazon.

Diana, Herself - An Allegory of Awakening by Martha Beck.  Bestselling author, Harvard educated social scientist and veteran life coach, Dr. Martha Beck sends readers into the wilderness of the forest and the mind.  An unemployed Diana Archer, labeled with numerous psychological disorders since her childhood foster years, takes us on a disastrous turned magical journey of bewilderment through the Sierras Oscuras National Forest, where with the help of her benevolent spirit animal she discovers the awakened world of love, joy, well-being and peace.  Sold on Amazon.

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