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Joan Maloof's Books

Book ordering information: All books are available from the usual outlets, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble or by ordering from your local bookstore. Click on the book title or the cover image to order through To order larger quantities, or to order directly from the publisher, see the information beneath each title.

From the Amazon website:

"Treepedia is an entertaining and fact-filled illustrated compendium of tree lore. Featuring nearly 100 entries―on topics ranging from tree ecology and conservation to the role of trees in religion, literature, art, and movies―this enticing collection is a celebration of all things arboreal.

In this charming book, Joan Maloof explains the difference between a cedar and a cypress, and reveals where to find the most remarkable trees on the planet. She tells the story behind the venerable Bodhi Tree, and describes peculiar species like baobabs and Fitzroya. Maloof profiles legendary conservationists such as Julia "Butterfly" Hill, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, and Ken Wu. She discusses reforestation, proforestation, emerald ash borers, the ents from The Lord of the Rings, culturally modified trees, the ill-fated and controversial Redwood Summer, and much more. The book's portable size makes it the perfect travel companion no matter where your love of the forest may lead you.

With enchanting illustrations by Maren Westfall, Treepedia is a fun and informative book that is guaranteed to inspire anyone who has ever enjoyed a walk in the woods."


Bookstores and speaking venues:
Order directly through Princeton University Press: 1-609-258-4900;

*Note: all royalties from this book are donated to the Old-Growth Forest Network.

Joan Maloof Treepedia

From the Amazon website:
"From the leaves and branches of the canopy to the roots and soil of the understory, the forest is a complex, interconnected ecosystem filled with plants, birds, mammals, insects, and fungi. Some of it is easily discovered, but many parts remain difficult or impossible for the human eye to see. Until now. 

"The Living Forest is a visual journey that immerses you deep into the woods. The wide-ranging photography by Robert Llewellyn celebrates the small and the large, the living and the dead, and the seen and the unseen. You’ll discover close-up images of owls, hawks, and turtles; aerial photographs that show herons in flight; and time-lapse imagery that reveals the slow change of leaves. In an ideal blend of art and scholarship, the 300 awe-inspiring photographs are supported by lyrical essays from Joan Maloof detailing the science behind the wonder."


Bookstores and speaking venues:
Order directly through Timber Press: 1-800-327-5680; or through their distributor, Workman Publishing: Phone: 800-967-5630 or 800-967-5635
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Joan Maloof: Nature's Temples

From the Amazon website:
"An old-growth forest is one that has formed naturally over a long period of time with little or no disturbance from humankind. They are increasingly rare and largely misunderstood. In Nature’s Temples, Joan Maloof, the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, makes a heartfelt and passionate case for their importance. This evocative and accessible narrative defines old-growth and provides a brief history of forests. It offers a rare view into how the life-forms in an ancient, undisturbed forest—including not only its majestic trees but also its insects, plant life, fungi, and mammals—differ from the life-forms in a forest manipulated by humans. What emerges is a portrait of a beautiful, intricate, and fragile ecosystem that now exists only in scattered fragments. Black-and-white illustrations by Andrew Joslin help clarify scientific concepts and capture the beauty of ancient trees."


Bookstores and speaking venues:

Order through Princeton University Press

609-759-8227 or order online


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From the Publishers website:
“Most residents of the eastern United States never get to see an old-growth forest. They think perhaps these forests are too far away, or they don’t know how to find them.
"Joan Maloof’s Among the Ancients remedies this. In her intelligent, lyrical book, Maloof takes readers to twenty-six forests—one in each state east of the Mississippi River and all open to the public. She tells readers how to get there and what they will find when they arrive. On this journey—from giant hemlock groves in Pennsylvania to a lonely stand of pines in Wisconsin—readers come face to face, perhaps for the first time, with old growth: the forests with the largest trees and the richest diversity of life. They will camp with Maloof under “the Big Tree” in Alabama and paddle to the magnificent Patriarch in Delaware; they will dodge poisonwood sap in Florida’s Lignumvitae Key and tangle with a bat in the Michigan wilderness. They will also see the forests from the human perspective: who had the dream, who drew the line, who said “no” to the loggers. And they will learn about the vital link between old-growth forests and our own survival.
"An immensely readable natural-history primer, Among the Ancients is also an adventure story and an impassioned plea to preserve and support the few untouched stretches of forest that remain.”


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Joan Maloof: Among the Ancients

From the Publishers website:
“In this collection of natural-history essays, biologist Joan Maloof embarks on a series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Through Maloof’s engaging, conversational style, each essay offers a lesson in stewardship as it explores the interwoven connections between a tree species and the animals and insects whose lives depend on it—and who, in turn, work to ensure the tree’s survival.
"Never really at home in a laboratory, Maloof took to the woods early in her career. Her enthusiasm for firsthand observation in the wild spills over into her writing, whether the subject is the composition of forest air, the eagle’s preference for nesting in loblolly pines, the growth rings of the bald cypress, or the gray squirrel’s fondness for weevil-infested acorns. With a storyteller’s instinct for intriguing particulars, Maloof expands our notions about what a tree “is” through her many asides—about the six species of leafhoppers who eat only sycamore leaves or the midges who live inside holly berries and somehow prevent them from turning red.
"As a scientist, Maloof accepts that trees have a spiritual dimension that cannot be quantified. As an unrepentant tree hugger, she finds support in the scientific case for biodiversity. As an activist, she can’t help but wonder how much time is left for our forests”.


Bookstores and speaking venues:
Order through University of Georgia Press 
c/o Longleaf Services, Inc.
, 116 S. Boundary St.
, Chapel Hill NC 27514-3808
. Phone: 800-848-6224 or 919-966-7449. 
Fax: 800-272-6817 or 919-962-2704
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Joan Maloof: Teaching the Trees

Wild Old Woman: A Meta-Memoir from Burning Man to Bhutan

From the Amazon website:

The second half of life can be just as wild as the first half.

This is a true story of love, loss, sex, earth, spirit, writing, and adventure after ‘the change.’ In this story people die, the author sleeps with three men, she ingests magic mushrooms, is threatened by a wild tiger, and dances naked with a famous artist.

Then there is the meta layer of what happens after the wild story is written down and shared.

There are plenty of adventure stories about women in their twenties and thirties, but where are the adventure stories about women of a ‘certain age’? Here we have it, a perfect book for book clubs, and also for those young women who want to get a sense of what is ahead.

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