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I purchased this for a trip to Belize but sadly didn’t have the opportunity to really use it. The author does not teach from a place of experience, but did do research with the local shaman to get much of her information. The book has good, detailed information but isn’t good for an identification guide. It would need to be used in conjunction with other, better ID books. 

Central/South America
Central/South America
plants

This is Tom’s first book and it enthralled many with his tales of learning from Grandfather Stalking Wolf. The book has stories that teach about learning to track, survive in the woods, and stories about the remarkable relationship Stalking Wolf had with the natural world. They are inspiring stories that touch the soul of anyone who has a love of nature.

novel

This is Tom’s second book and continues in the same vein as The Tracker. There are new stories about his life and time with Grandfather Stalking Wolf. The stories touch on everything; skills, philosophy and caretaking and creating a meaningful relationship with the natural world.

novel

Non-fiction/Memoir

I want only to apprentice myself to Mother Nature, to steep myself in the raw reality of survival, and, like Thoreau, to wander without time or destination, a hawk-eye witness to the unfoldingof four full seasons.

This narrative reveals a path of both dreamtime and awakening. When Dunn leaves her workaday world to suspend the “busy-ness” of mainstream routines, all sorts of emotions begin to surface. With heartfelt honesty, the author leans into the sharp places, exposed and raw, to discover her true self. Wisdom blooms from her experiences. “This is what I love about this year,” she writes. “I’m crafting the tools for living from my own hands, from the earth; beauty and functionality are one and the same, transforming the mundane into the sacred.” So evolves the journey of balance with nature, as Dunn seeks the sacred order of shelter, water, fire, and food to sustain herself through the seasons.

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Australia
Australia
novel

Tom Brown recommended this book in a class and after getting it, I could understand why. This is like the old Firefox books- it’s packed with skills. Many are not primitive, but more homesteading skills, but it’s a treasure trove of forgotten and useful details about how to do things. 

skills

This series is seriously the best for detailed, trustworthy information on the identification, harvest and preparation of wild edible plants. Thayer has years of experience and packs his books with details that are very helpful. This book focuses on 41 new plants!

North America - General
North America - General
plants

A great companion book for another perspective on the plants of the west. Good photos and information on a large variety of plants who range throughout the western half of North America. 

North America - Western
North America - Western
plants

This is a very well-rounded guide containing good descriptions, photographs, illustrations and descriptions of the harvesting and uses of the various plants. Good attention is paid to look-alikes and any adverse reactions to the plants as well as information on common poisonous plants. Unfortunately the ranges provided don’t always indicate further north, although believe some of the plants do range into northern Canada. 

 

North America - Western
North America - Western
plants

As with all of Thayer’s books, this book explores 36 new plants in detail. He takes you each step of the way, from harvest to eating. The photographs are excellent, showing you what the plant should look like when it is ready for harvest, as well as throughout its life cycle. These are some of the best books out there to really learn a plant from someone who is teaching from a place of much experience.

North America - General
North America - General
plants

This book doesn’t have a great deal of information, but was very useful to me to know what plants I had learned from further south, were viable in the far north. I found it helpful to know which plants grow naturally (or successful imports). This has helped me with plans for native seeds I want to take with me. The book has drawings and descriptions and focuses on the medicinal qualities of the plants. It’s a good partner book for more detailed guides.

North America - Western
North America - Western
plants