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The Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning by Long Litt Woon

thereadingwitch's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful informative reflective medium-paced

4.0

ccrtb's review

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adventurous emotional informative reflective slow-paced

3.0

 the book tackles mushrooming much more than mourning—sometimes the transition from the former to the latter is a bit clunky, but i don’t really mind. it’s a very good introduction to mushrooming and i especially found the comparisons between norwegian culture and asian cultures (malaysian and japanese) regarding such things like what tastes and smells good. as well as discussions about hierarchy within the community. 

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paulap's review against another edition

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medium-paced

3.0

This was a memoir of the author's husband dying and the author getting into mushroom foraging. It does have a substantial amount about the nerdy details of mushrooms, but it is also a lot about the author dealing with losing her husband (although there is no deeper discussion of grief) and a lot of bits about anthropological details (the author is an anthropologist), In particular, there is a lot of talk about the mushrooming communities, their class system, their secrets and manners, etc. There are also some recipes on how to cook the mushrooms. I found it interesting at parts but a bit dispersed in the message. If you like Jessica L. Lee books, this is in the same vein.

redbook's review

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informative relaxing

4.0

nataliereadz's review against another edition

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informative inspiring reflective sad medium-paced

5.0

A gorgeous lesson on the Scandinavian mycellium kingdom, coupled with an open and honest memoir of love, loss, grief, and how one can find their way back to themselves again, while still honoring all of those things. 

eileenhughes's review against another edition

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hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted reflective medium-paced

4.0

ps2's review

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emotional informative reflective medium-paced

4.0

aliena_jackson's review against another edition

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3.0

Although only 279 pages, this book drags on. It reads as if two separate novels were smashed together into one book, and consequently, the sequencing is confusing. Mushrooms are not particularly connected to mourning, nor is Long’s mourning excavated and examined in depth. As someone who enjoys mushrooms (both physically and aesthetically), I must say that the insider’s perspective on the mushroom community was valuable.

astraltraveller's review against another edition

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medium-paced

4.0

stinkyheronreads's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful informative relaxing medium-paced

3.0

I expected more on the “and mourning” part of the title. There were a lot more mushroom facts than there were explorations of the emotions of grief. The author’s passion comes through, and I learned some things about mushrooms!