Book Review — The Green Thoreau








New World Library

Just in time for the 150th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s death, New World Library is releasing this exquisitely-edited commemorative volume of his words, wisdom, and prophecy. A founding father of the environmental movement, who inspired both Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Thoreau’s insight is arguably more relevant today than when it was written.

Thoreau wrote emphatically, to a largely uninterested audience, of the importance of nurturing the planet (“in wildness is the preservation of the world”). Like any good shaman, however, his teaching also applies to the individual, to our time, talent, and health. He said that he went to live in a cabin in the woods and observe nature closeup because he wanted to “live deliberately … and learn what it had to teach.”

In this carefully edited book, he speaks to us, in his own words, directly and concisely. Carol LaRusso has included a hefty percentage of lesser-known quotes, flushing out this self portrait of an American genius and visionary with subtlety and a keen eye. My favorite quote: “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” This is one you won’t want to miss. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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