"Finding the Mother Tree" by Suzane Simard is a scientific autobiography about Simard's amazing research into the connectivity of forest sytems. But it's impossible to miss how deeply Simard's love of outdoor recreation informs her science. She writes entire chapters about backpacking and backcountry skiing trips that not only clear her mind but but lead to profound aha! insight moments. When she's not talking science, Simard describes mystical encounters with wolves, grizzly bears, Douglas firs, mycorrhizal networks and other animals and plants that seem to guide her towards the next discovery. Eventually, she realizes that her painstaking research confirms Indiginous knowledge about complex relationships between forest organisms. By trying to maximize profits and production, the timber industry has been doing it all wrong. Simard writes about the sexism she encountered working for the Canadian forest service and as an academic scientist. Her idea of the "mother tree" springs at least in part from social judgments that she's spending too much time on her career to be a "good mother" (her daughter, on the other hand, wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and be a forest researcher). Simard's relationship to the foest is a metaphor for human relationships. Her message is that nurturing the natural resilience of forest systems can restore right relationships if we don't destroy the whole system with wrong-headed mismanagement.