436 pages, 16 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos
In her wise and elegant new book, Jane Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall's passion for the natural world sprouted in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree and made elderberry wine with her grandmother. The garden her family began then, she continues to enjoy today.
Seeds of Hope takes us from England to Goodall's home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved. She shows us the secret world of plants with all their mysteries and potential for healing our bodies as well as Planet Earth.
Looking at the world as an adventurer, scientist, and devotee of sustainable foods and gardening – and setting forth simple goals we can all take to protect the plants around us – Jane Goodall delivers an enlightening story of the wonders we can find in our own backyards.
The 11 CD box contains the unabridged version, read by Edita Brychta, spanning approximately 13.5 hours. It also includes a PDF with photos.
"A treasure trove of stories."
- Robin Young, NPR's Here and Now
"I didn't expect [Seeds of Hope] to create a powerful shift inside me. But it did [...] What I'd never fully gotten before this book is how knowledge could awaken feelings of intimacy. As I read Seeds of Hope, again and again I felt appreciation, gratitude and awe [...] I actually found myself loving our earth more."
- Frances Moore Lappé, The Huffington Post
"[A] far-ranging, gracefully impassioned book [...] A crucial and commanding summons to care and act by one of nature's most heroic champions."
- Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
"Goodall makes a passionate case for more aggressive conservation of what's left of our global garden."
- Breanna Draxler, Discover
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Jane Goodall is the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees. An internationally renowned conservationist, she is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and has received many distinguished awards in science. Dr. Goodall is also the author of many acclaimed books, including the bestseller Reason for Hope.