The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
by Amy Stewart
What gardener hasn’t spent time thinking about earthworms and their impact on the soil? Earthworms can be gross, and they actually sometimes are gross in Stewart’s book that describes the natural history and role of earthworms in our soils.
Earthworms are shown as heroes to farm crops and polluted soils as well as sources of destruction for forests. Stewart’s book is scientifically based and a wonderful source of information about earthworms and their ecological impact and role. But what makes this book appealing and worth reading, is the author’s personal connection and the relationships she makes with her garden, its soils and inhabitants. The stories and accounts of earthworms around the world are fascinating, Stewart engages the reader in meaningful ways while encouraging us all to look at the big picture of ecosystems with all of its many interconnected pieces.
This book will be discussed at Nature’s Narratives Book Discussion Group on March 14 from 5 to 6 pm. Please register to join us for the discussion and check out the other must-reads as part of this group!