Trespassing

When Nature Speaks Do We Listen?

Non-Fiction - Memoir
208 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2019
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Author Biography

J.T. Blossom was a middle and high school English, humanities and art teacher who spent his career helping young people be true to themselves despite ever-increasing social pressures to the contrary. A lover of the great outdoors, Mr. Blossom is humbled by the power of nature and the enormity of the problem of environmental abuse. He lives in California and Hawaii where he uses a bike for transportation whenever possible.

    Book Review

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.

Lainie

Lainie
5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyed it!
January 30, 2018
Format: Paperback
I decided to read this book because it has a very intriguing title and book cover. From hiking in the mountains of Colorado, to the volcanoes of Hawaii, this book is full of many true and exciting adventures. If you like adventure of any kind, I think you will enjoy it. In addition the author has some thoughtful reflections at the end as to why he was so adventurous, and how he can now relate his experiences in nature to his feelings about climate change. He has also included some interesting questions about his stories for readers, or for a Book Club discussion.

L. Beske

L. Beske
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading this book and experiencing all of the adventures ...
July 24, 2018
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book and experiencing all of the adventures throughout. I was a little concerned, however, at the number of expeditions (and projects) you undertook all alone. (Not always wise!) I love your adventuresome spirit, but please be careful! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

Deborah J Anderson

Deborah J Anderson
5.0 out of 5 starsI loved this adventurous book
March 26, 2018
Format: Paperback
I loved this adventurous book, especially the chapter about the Hawaii volcano because I too have been to this Hawaii volcano. The author's style of writing is very descriptive and each chapter takes you on a new journey. I think anyone would enjoy reading it.

Amy Reads

Amy Reads
5.0 out of 5 starsVery good!!
February 9, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! What an interesting read!

Kindle Customer

Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
February 9, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
I got an ARC copy and I want to review
This will have you gasping at some of the things that have happened to the people in this book. It will leave you wondering how on earth they got out safe and sound
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Maria Mejia

maria mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
February 11, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
It was awesome!! Can't wait to read more from this author. Very engaging and had a good storyline

Jerry Bleckel

jerry bleckel
5.0 out of 5 starsAn autobiography told through near-death experiences
February 4, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
A seemingly unconnected compilation of near-death nature stories actually unfolds as one man’s journey through his self-described misunderstood relationship with nature to discover himself. Many of the stories will ring true with readers: adolescent forays into forbidden areas, unexpected encounters in the forest or the ocean with fearsome creatures or extreme weather. Blossom’s stories connect through his unwavering love affair with the outdoors to create an autobiography of a life lived with intention and reflection. Blossom’s look back on each adventure brings not only understanding but deep meaning as he finds patterns that connect in his life. The reader will find such patterns as well. As a civilization, we seem to be tumbling headlong into a cataclysmic conflict with nature, and Blossom’s writings can be a useful guide as we struggle to decide to what extent our own lifestyle and relationship with nature are indeed harmful to the planet as well as ourselves. One of Blossom’s favorite authors, Edward Abbey, once wrote, “may your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” By book’s end, we join Blossom to stand back and marvel at this amazing view.

James Lake

James H. Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars A soul-filled memoir of high-stakes adventures and misadventures and the ...
January 23, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
A soul-filled memoir of high-stakes adventures and misadventures and the mortal and moral lessons learned from them, "Trespassing" is a must-read for anyone who has been at the narrow margin between life and death.

Mandy Walkden-Brown

Mandy Walkden-Brown
4.0 out of 5 starsWell written, engrossing memoir.
February 22, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
In retrospect, it's amazing that we all survived our childhoods, adolescence and early adulthood, because I'm sure many of us have episodes in our past that bring a shudder to our more sensible adult selves.

There are some extraordinary tales of a young man placing himself in some very precarious scenarios and pretty much ignoring his own mortality and insignificance in the face of nature's power within these pages.

Enjoyed Blossom's journey and the lessons he learnt long after the events he described and definitely with the hindsight of both age and eventual garnering of wisdom.

I received this as an e-ARC and happily wrote a review, there's some good insight here together with some hair-raising adventures and it was a very worthwhile read.