Escape into Fiction: Books for Herbalists

There are so many good herb books, and at any given moment I have 5 or 6 open at different places. In 2020, the pandemic made it hard to focus on anything for too long, that was too serious, because hey—this year is about as serious as it gets! Every day I wake up wondering what new intense news will be arriving to my inbox. In order to lighten things up, I just got a new library card and am curling up with some fun fantasy books to escape into, whether as audio or paper. I recommend finding ways to enjoy books away from screens, so take this list and go get yourself a book to take outside in the shade, and sit by a garden or a favorite watering hole. Here are some ideas of books I think herbalists will love. and please leave me more ideas in the comments and I will add them!

BI POC Authors *

The House of the Spirits by Isabella Allende* : So beautifully written and so easy to get lost in

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon: Time traveling herbalist and nurse with lots of romance?  Yes please

The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler*: is this fiction?  Its eerily real, and written over 20 years ago

The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk: What comes after capitalism complete with bees, herbs and revolution

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival*-food, magic, romance and recipes!

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya *-story of a boy coming of age studying with a Curandera

Clan of the Cavebear by Jean M Auel the imaginative world of prehistoric people and yes, herbalists

Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes *-short stories and mths surrounding the wild woman archetype

The Overstory- by Rochard Powers not herbs but a story about trees and saving the big ones full of frontline direct action set in the Oregon Old Growth—fictionish

Books I have on my “to read” list:

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova-sisters, magic, and witchcraft set in Brooklyn

Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert (Texas Writer)-mystery series set around a herb shop

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