Work Title: Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connection to Trees
Work Author(s): Nalini Nadkarni
University of California Press
329 pages , Softcover $24.95
Reviewer: Katerie Prior
The world supports sixty-one trees for every person on Earth. That number, a comparison of the population of trees to humans calculated by canopy biologist, environmental studies professor, and author Nalini Nadkarni, may sound large at first, almost luxuriant. Considering how long it takes to grow most trees, however, it's sobering to realize that sixty-one trees are what each person has over their lifetime. And it's even more miniscule when you consider the number of tree-derived products---from paper to building products to foods and medicine---each person uses everyday.
That's just one of the thought-provoking affinities Nadkarni explores in her new book, Between Earth and Sky. The book's goal is to help readers be considerate of trees: not just because of the resources they provide, but also because of the pivotal role they play in the human imagination. But don't think that Between Earth and Sky is just another environmental tome. Nadkarni's writing is like a love letter to trees that effortlessly mixes poetry and prose with environmentalism, culture, history, and science. You may never have given wine bottle corks a second thought, but in Chapter Three: Goals and Services, Nadkarni draws readers in to their importance by first...