by Russ Barker, Bookseller
This dystopian moment has upended everything with lightning speed. Our reassuring safety nets of routine and habit have suddenly evaporated. With times uncertain and the future unknowable everything feels strange and unsettling. Finding temporary solace in constrained circumstances can provide a bit of grounding in a dreary present.
In my enforced isolation I've turned to several books and found each one unexpectedly constructive and regenerative. They all focus on the seemingly mundane yet manage to create a calming mental space, and do this in the most casual—yet forceful—ways.
Each puts you in touch with some natural essentials we may have lost sight of. They offer an appreciation of the long range design of the seasons and how precious these recurring cycles of the day and the year are.