Big Trees, Tiny Triumphs, and Misadventures in the Forest
- ISBN: 9781771646734
- Tags: All Books, Amanda Lewis, Nature & Environment, Travel & Adventure,
- Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.5
- Published On: 05/30/2023
- 264 Pages
Readers of Cheryl Strayed's Wild will love this funny, deeply relatable book about one woman's quest to track some of the world's biggest trees.
When she first moved back west after nearly a decade away, Amanda Lewis was an overachieving, burned-out book editor most familiar with trees as dead blocks of paper. A dedicated "indoorswoman" she could barely tell a birch from a beech. But that didn't stop her from pledging to visit all of the biggest trees in British Columbia, a Canadian province known for its expensive yoga studios, Patagonia-wearing baristas, and… extremely gigantic trees.
The "Champion" trees on Lewis's ambitious list ranged from mighty Western red-cedars to Douglas firs. They lived on remote islands and at the center of dense forests. The only problem? Well, there were many… Climate change and a pandemic aside, Lewis's lack of wilderness experience, the upsetting reality of old-growth logging, the ever-changing nature of trees, and the pressures of her one-year timeframe complicated her quest.
Burned out again—and realizing that her "checklist" approach to life might be the problem—Lewis reframed her search for trees to something humbler and more meaningful: getting to know forests in an interconnected way.
Weaving in insights from writers and artists, Lewis uncovers what we're really after when we pursue big things—and reveals that sometimes it's the smaller joys, the mindsets we have, and the companions we're with, that make us feel more connected to the natural world.
Amanda Lewis is a big-tree tracker and an award-winning book editor. Born in Dublin, Ireland, she now divides her time between the internet and a small island in British Columbia, Canada. Tracking Giants is her first book. Visit her at amandalewis.org.
Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a botanist and medical biochemist whose work uniquely combines Western scientific thinking and the traditional concepts of the ancient world. Her most recent book is To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey From Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest.