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"Finding the Mother Tree" by Suzanne Simard; Alfred A. Knopf (368 pages, $28.95) ——— Episodes of the cult television series "Twin Peaks" (1990-91) featured monologues with the enigmatic Log Lady, played to deadpan perfection by actress Catherine Coulson. She would cradle a cut of Ponderosa pine like a baby, channeling its koans. As a forester, biologist and ecological activist, Suzanne Simard ...

Canada, America's neighbor to the North, offers families a wide range of vacation opportunities. Here are five regions to consider: 1. Alberta: Home to super star national parks Banff and Jasper and more than 600 lakes, this massive western province is an outdoor adventurer's dream destination. As its flag advertises, visitors can expect snowy mountains, golden plains, evergreen forests and ...

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"Heart Berries" by Terese Marie Mailhot; Counterpoint Press (142 pages, $23) ___ In an age when memoirs are all the rage (for better or worse), this one stands out. Terese Marie Mailhot, who grew up on a First Nations reservation in British Columbia and now teaches at Purdue University in Indiana, has had a life no one would envy. Sexually and emotionally abused as a child and impoverished, ...

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