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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Trespassing: When Nature Speaks Do We Listen? by J.T. Blossom is a collection of dramatic stories which throws light on the author's privileged American lifestyle and how it influenced his actions towards others and nature. It reveals his reverence for nature and speaks about the loneliness that comes with destructive cultural assumptions. The memoir has a good share of his adventures and misadventures and is a fine blend of the author's survival and his love of nature. The author's stories and adventures are also a call out to readers and will make them look at their lifestyles that can be detrimental to nature.
The stories are thought-provoking and insightful and will make readers think about their connection and relationship with nature. Each story is different but exposes the adventurous side of the author and will take readers on a new journey. The narration is detailed and descriptive and that makes each story vivid and tangible. The Reading Group Guide at the end of the book is useful when it comes to having discussions in reading groups. I liked the way J.T. Blossom knits in loneliness, connection, and the importance of preserving nature and the planet seamlessly without sounding forced. I liked the author's approach to highlighting how important it is to be kind to nature and the planet we live in. He does this in a unique and different way, which makes the stories interesting and entertaining. It is a good memoir to make readers listen to nature's calling and her messages to humanity.