“The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben delves into the hidden secret life of trees, turns out trees are not isolated, sentinels in the forest but very much alive, and can communicate with one another. The book is set up in chapters that cover specific topics of the life of trees, it is written in a manner that is easy to understand and flows easily from one topic to another. Reminiscent of Rachel Carson, the scientist and author that wrote “The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring.” It evokes a sense of wonder and helps you realize that the world around us is just as complex as we are.
Even though Wohlleben uses emotional terms when describing how trees live and thrive, it is clear that even if they don’t “feel” the way we do their world is more complex and mysterious than most ever imagined. And has launched new research into the field of botany.
Reviewed by: Hilary Habegger