Gathering Moss

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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a commonbut largely unnoticed element of the natural world. GatheringMoss is a beautifully written mix of science and personalreflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantlysimple lives of mosses.

In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Wall Kimmerer leadsgeneral readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosseslive and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countlessother beings. Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses clearly andartfully, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinatingorganisms have to teach us.

Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher,and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the storiesof mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenousways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and culturalrelationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of livingin the world.