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Waking Up in Eden
Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island | Lucinda Fleeson
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Like so many of us, Lucinda Fleeson wanted to escape what had become a routine life. So, she quit her big-city job, sold her suburban house, and moved halfway across the world to the island of Kauai to work at the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Imagine a one-hundred-acre garden estate nestled amid ocean cliffs, rain forests, and secluded coves. Exotic and beautiful, yes, but as Fleeson awakens to this sensual world, exploring the island's food, beaches, and history, she encounters an endangered paradisethe Hawaii we don't see in the tourist brochures. Native plants are dying at an astonishing rateHawaii is called the Extinction Capital of the Worldand invasive species (plants, animals, and humans) have imperiled this Garden of Eden. Fleeson accompanies a plant hunter into the rain forest to find the last of a dying species, descends into limestone caves with a paleontologist who deconstructs island history through fossil life, and shadows a botanical pioneer who propagates rare seeds, hoping to reclaim the landscape. Her grown-up adventure is a reminder of the value of choosing passion over security, individuality over convention, and the pressing need to protect the earth. And as she witnesses the island's plant renewal efforts, she sees her own life blossom again.
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#SoaringScores #catchup
Kauai is one of my favorite places & this book is a favorite too. It‘s about the author‘s #JourneyToTheIsland to work at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens there. 🌺

BarbaraBB I must get there one day. Still on my bucketlist.... 1mo
CrowCAH I agree Kauai is beautiful! 1mo
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#ReadingResolutions #BookAndNature 🌳🌴🍄🌺

It was humid and hazy this weekend, so aside from some patio sitting--giving Max some yard time, I didn't spend much time with a book and nature. Instead I have two non-fiction books about nature. I'm currently reading The Plant Messiah and the tagged book is a personal favorite--about a woman who moves to Kauai to work at the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Both are interesting reads. 🌺🌿

Crazeedi These both look interesting! I'm a *plant devotee*😍 1y
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#JuneTunz #laislabonita All the Hawaiian islands have their own beauty, but my vote for ' la isla bonita' is Kauai, aka 'The Garden Isle.' 🌺Waking Up in Eden is non-fiction about a woman who moves to Kauai to work for the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. It's like a trip to Kauai-a mix of travel & adventure with a good dose of history & the science & politics of native plant extinction. A favorite + 3 more Kauai-set books both read & #TBR. 🌺

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LauraBrook Thank you for this post, they all sound excellent! 💸 2y
Cinfhen Kauai is honestly paradise ~ so happy I got a chance to visit 🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸 2y
Melissa_J Such a lovely place, I'm envious of you getting to live there 😊 I've been twice, staying on Oahu and the Big Island, but would love to go to Kauai and Maui in future. PS - you always have such lovely book collages. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage We were in Kauai two years ago and loved it! Hoping to visit the Big Island next year. The books will tide me over in the meantime - thanks! 🌈🌈 2y
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