The Songs of Trees

Cover Paperback Haskell Songs of Trees low resThe author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature’s most magnificent networkers — trees.

Winner of the 2018 John Burroughs Medal

Best Science Books of 2017, NPR Science Friday

Favorite Science Books of 2017, Brain Pickings

The 10 Best Environment, Climate Science and Conservation Books of 2017, Forbes.com

“A work of scientific depth and lyricism”, Caspar Henderson’s review in The Guardian

“The Songs of Trees has the diverse busyness of a thriving woodland. It is hard to think of a recent scientifically-inflected book on nature that is as fluent, compelling, and intoxicatingly rich.” Richard Smyth’s review in The Times Literary Supplement. 

“Haskell proves himself to be the rare kind of scientist Rachel Carson was when long ago she pioneered a new cultural aesthetic of poetic prose about science…a resplendent read in its entirety” Maria Popova in Brain Pickings

“keen observations and achingly beautiful narration”, Ed Yong’s profile in The Atlantic.

Fresh voices: 50 writers you should read nowThe Guardian.

Advance praise from Elizabeth Kolbert, Deborah Blum, Peter Wohlleben, Carl Zimmer, Neil Shea, DJ Spooky, and Peter Crane.

Read interviews in Outside Magazine and Yale Environment 360

Listen to a compilation of sounds from the trees or visit with them through photos and sound.

Cover art features a photograph of young, pink leaves of Lecythis pisonis, “Monkey Pot Tree,” in Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador. (Pete Oxford / Minden Pictures / Getty Images.)