Entangled Life

Merlin Sheldrake

This ones for all the mushroom lovers. Well, to be more precise, fungi lovers (for those who don't know, mushrooms are simply the fruiting bodies of fungi). Entangled Life provides an overview of this kingdom, arguing that fungi are the key to understanding life on earth. In fact, the more we uncover about these organisms, the less the world makes sense without them. The book covers a wide range of topics -- everything from how fungi interact with other organisms such as plants and animals to the role they can play in protecting the planet to how psychedelics can help unleash our creativity and alleviate depression in humans. Sheldrake does a great job organizing the various functions and uses of fungi without becoming too science-focused and dry. I'd recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in the topic - it is a fairly easy read. I'd also recommend that once you finish reading this book, you watch the documentary Fantastic Fungi on Netflix!