This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the nature themed books they selected to honor Earth Day, even though they are both firm believers that Earth Day is every day! So, it really doesn’t matter that Earth Day was on April 22. Here is a little history on Earth Day if you aren’t familiar with it already.
During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Rishi’s Green Mint tea, which is a delicious cool blend of green and mint. Without either ingredient being overpowering, this is the perfect tea for cold days (or upset stomachs) or iced for summer.
Kyrie’s pick, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben takes us through multiple tree forests as we find out that trees, like humans, help one another, are better in a pack, have a cool kids club, and can be assholes too and let someone in the pack get sick. A fascinating examination of multiple types of trees and their abilities to warn off insects (and seduce them to come over), warn off animals that eat leaves (yes, it hurts them!), and how they make sweet, sweet, tree love.
Cori’s selection,The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams is exploration of the psychological and physiological impacts of spending time in nature. Spoiler alert – it is good for your health. Williams travels the globe to investigate what research is being done and what various countries are doing to encourage people to get outside. She also starts parsing out what kind of nature and how much seems to have the most impact on the average person.
Indiebound is a collaboration between the independent bookstore members of the American Booksellers Association, It is all about independent bookstores and the power of “local first” shopping. Locally owned independent businesses put more money back into the economy of their local communities by way of taxes, payrolls and purchases. That means more money for sound schools, green parks, strong police and fire departments, and smooth roads, all in your neighborhood.
I did a little research and your average savings on individual books with one of those big companies is $6 to $10. I am guessing most of us fritter that away on a weekly or monthly basis. Why not pay that little extra to help that author earn a little more or help keep someone in your community employed.
By using our link, you can either purchase a book online through Indiebound or find your closest locally owned bookstore. For example, if you are listening in Flagstaff, it will tell you to visit Brightside Bookshop to purchase the books we are talking about.
Coming Up Next Week
Kyrie and Cori read poetry, which Cori might be dreading as much as Kyrie dreaded short stories.
Kyrie’s Pick: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
Cori’s Pick: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur