June Book Review by Jeremy D. Krones
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Braiding Sweetgrass is a deep reflection into Robin Wall Kimmerer’s life as both someone who has a PhD in botany and someone who was raised in the deep traditions of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Dr. Kimmerer twists her two strands of knowledge together in this book, producing both a beautiful examination of what nature means to different peoples, and a strict dichotomy of the same topic. As touching and introspective as many of the chapters are, the morals of each section in the book get repetitive very quickly, and are not always presented in the most balanced or productive ways.
There are only so many ways to illustrate how the general European-American culture is more exploitative of natural resources than that of many Native American tribes, but Dr. Kimmerer illustrates every one of them, multiple times. More treatise than memoir, Braiding Sweetgrass is a poetically written but poorly executed look into the world of modern ecology.
We do recommend this book, but not as highly as most of our other selections.