Although in her introduction to The Book of Hope, renowned naturalist Jane Goodall admits that “we are going through hard times,” this book offers “an invitation to hope.” Co-written by Douglas Abrams (The Book Of Joy), this “survival guide for an endangered planet” looks at what hope is, through many examples of resilience, courage, and determination.
The format of the book, a dialogue between the authors, invites the reader to join in on the conversation: we are not eavesdropping, here, as the chat is meant for us. It gives accessibility, lightness, and even warmth to what might otherwise be some heavy, distressing topics. It also means that there are many fascinating insights peppered throughout the narrative, from Goodall’s remarkable life and adventures; also, as with all conversations, whether overheard or not, we are prompted to develop our own thoughts and opinions.
This is a book that asks us, finally, to take action: “Let us use the gift of our lives to make this a better world.” Beautifully written, with a lot of heart and insight, this is a lovely, uplifting read that is, still, rooted in the real. What it asks of us is not impossible. But whether it’s probable is another matter.
The Book Of Hope, Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams (Viking)
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words MAB JONES
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