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Tristan Gooley, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Read Water and The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs, has led expeditions on five continents, climbed mountains in three, and is the only living person to have both Mown and sailed solo across the Atlantic. His more than two decades of show more pioneering outdoor experience include research among tribal peoples in some of the remotest regions on Earth. show less

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How to Connect With Nature (2014) 43 copies


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"How to Read Water" and "The Natural Navigator" are both what I would rate as 5 stars. "How to Read Nature" itself, I would rate 4 stars. Since two out of 3 were 5 stars, I gave it an overall rating of 5 stars.

Tristan Gooley does an excellent job of presenting you with many scenarios you would have found yourself in growing up or even as adults to show you how those things told you a lot more than you could ever guess. I love how Gooley presented these situations in the books. You could relive those events and give you all the tools to explain how nature was telling you something about which direction you should head, what plants to avoid eating, or even what the weather will be soon.

Our ancient ancestors needed to know these things in order to survive. I am a firm believer that if you don't use it, you will lose it. In this case, it is even more true. We should all practice reading nature, even if we're not lost. Our senses seem to wane in age and it would be great to keep making it as natural as possible to retain as much of our senses as we can.

Gooley also sprinkles many of his own experiences in the books and tells you what he learned from each one of them. It makes you feel better than you didn't know these things. I had never heard of Gooley but I am so happy that these books were bought for my Mother's Day present. They are awesome! I highly recommend reading these books for anyone, including teenagers. Start them even younger if possible. These are skills everyone should possess. It also gives people a deeper appreciation of nature. It is amazing how interconnected this entire world is.
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HeatherMac51 | Sep 23, 2023 |
I didn't finish this one. It crossed my desk at work and I picked it up at the library to see if it would be a good read for a friend. Which it may be, but it isn't a good read for me at the moment. I got what I needed from it though!
karenchase | 11 other reviews | Jun 14, 2023 |
I found this book relaxing, insightful, and just generally enjoyable, at least in small doses. Many neat little facts about the world around us, delivered in short stories about adventures in nature.

Probably not for everybody, but absolutely perfect for me right now. A dose of calm appreciation for nature, during lockdown in 2021.
bastibe | 6 other reviews | Apr 15, 2023 |
What a fantastic little book! Even after graduating from college with a degree in Natural Resources and a lifetime of outdoor adventures, I still learned a lot! Chock full of interesting information, easily readable, very fun! If you have any interest in the outdoors, you will find this to be a great read. And just think of how, next time you are sitting around a campfire, you will be able to impress your friends with some really cool knowledge!
1Randal | Apr 11, 2023 |



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