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An es­say on the per­fec­tion of na­ture and our im­pact on it. TheT Songs of Trees by Ddavid George Haskell (Black Inc., $32.99). IIN this evoca­tive and tthought-pro­vok­ing bbook, the Bri­tish-born aca­dem­ica and Pulitzer Pprizei fi­fi­fi­nal­istli ex­ploresl how 12 trees in vastly dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments con­nect and in­ter­act with the liv­ing forms around them — in­clud­ing hu­mans who, Haskell ar­gues, have in­ter­rupted, al­tered and, at times, de­stroyed th­ese vi­tal net­works.

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