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The Orchid Thief
The Orchid Thief
Paperback      ISBN: 044900371x
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orlean's wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower--the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii--a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America's strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida's swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean--and the reader--will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.

In this new edition, coming fifteen years after its initial publication and twenty years after she first met the "orchid thief," Orlean revisits this unforgettable world, and the route by which it was brought to the screen in the film Adaptation, in a new retrospective essay.

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.

Praise for The Orchid Thief

"Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . The Orchid Thief shows Orlean's] gifts in full bloom."--The New York Times Book Review

"Fascinating . . . an engrossing journey full] of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness, and backstabbing."--Los Angeles Times

"Orlean's snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures."--The Washington Post Book World

"Orlean's gifts are] her ear for the self-skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion-like deftness in description."--Boston Sunday Globe

"A swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great."--The Wall Street Journal
The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants
The A to Z of Plant Names
A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants
Hardcover      ISBN: 1604691964

Botanical names can be baffling to even the most experienced gardener. But a plant's botanical name is more than just a handy label--it can tell a plant's country of origin, the shape of its leaves, the color of its petals, and much more.

The A to Z of Plant Names clears the confusion and allows every gardener to name plants with confidence. This comprehensive yet handy guide features the botanic names of the plants that gardeners really grow. Additional information includes suggested pronunciation, the common name, the derivation of the scientific name, the number of species currently accepted, the type of plant and the distribution.

The A to Z of Plant Names helps demystify names, provides readers with the intriguing background information to naming conventions, and empowers gardeners everywhere to feel confident about naming plants.

How Plants Work: Form, Diversity, Survival
How Plants Work
Form, Diversity, Survival
Hardcover      ISBN: 069117749x

A large-format, heavily illustrated look at the wide adaptability and rich diversity of the plant kingdom

All the plants around us today are descended from simple algae that emerged more than 500 million years ago. While new plant species are still being discovered, it is thought that there are around 400,000 species in existence. From towering redwood trees and diminutive mosses to plants that have stinging hairs and poisons, the diverse range of plant life is extraordinary. How Plants Work is a fascinating inquiry into, and celebration of, the complex plant kingdom.

With an extended introduction explaining the basics of plant morphology--the study of plant structures and their functions--this book moves beyond mere classification and anatomy by emphasizing the relationship between a plant and its environment. It provides evolutionary context drawn from the fossil record and information about the habitats in which species evolved and argues for the major influence of predation on plant form. Each section of the book focuses on a specific part of the plant--such as roots, stems and trunks, leaves, cones and flowers, and seeds and fruits--and how these manifest in distinct species, climates, and regions. The conclusion examines the ways humans rely on plant life and have harnessed their capacity for adaptation through selection and domestication.

Abundantly illustrated with 400 color images documenting a wide range of examples, How Plants Work is a highly informative account about an integral part of our natural world.
  • 400 color photos and meticulously drawn figures
  • Scanning electron microscopy images offer close-up views of plant structures
  • Diverse examples from around the world
  • Plant morphology in an evolutionary context
The Gardener's Travel Companion to England: What to See and Where to Stay
The Gardener's Travel Companion to England
What to See and Where to Stay
Hardcover      ISBN: 1864707577

"Garden tourism is all the go. Green-thumbed travellers dig it, as it were. There seems to be nothing more convivial than pottering about grand estates, especially while overseas..." - Susan Kurosawa, The Australian newspaper- This garden-lover's guide to England is both a valuable travel resource and inspiring coffee-table book for those who adore exploring and strolling through charming garden destinations and horticulturally inspired hideaways- An excellent book for those who also enjoy an engaging narrative grafted with comprehensive, technical detail, including a collection of the little-known and extraordinary stories surrounding famed Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Monk's House, and Heligan- Is organised thematically into 'gardens' and 'places to dine, drink and stay' (surrounded by the best botanical spaces), with sections broken down by season, popular flower types, and region, to both cater to a wider range of experiences and for user-friendly itinerary planning- Filled with beautiful photographs throughout, showcases many of England's best public and private gardens, historic, classic and iconic gardens, secret and little-known gardens, writers' gardens, kitchen gardens, walled gardens, rose gardens, grand estates, restored or contemporary spaces, floral shows, beautifully landscaped expanses, and much more- Lists important information about how to choose the best time of year to visit; the most beautiful garden destinations to visit with detailed itineraries; where best to see springflowers, tulips, wisteria, rhododendrons, roses, dahlias, among many others- Includes a valuable index of wonderful places and activities to be inspired by, from courses and workshops on topiary and garden embroidery to museums and galleries that offer botanical exhibitions, along with specialist nurseries, gardens stores and other garden resources, entries on floral arrangements, memorable garden tours, and DIY garden trails for those who prefer an independent experience- Taps into a fast-growing new market for illustrated travel books that are tailored toward the the horticultural traveller itineraries. The latest tourism statistics indicate that Garden Tourism is now one of the world's fastest growing travel sectors--considered to be the second-fastest growing tourism sector after Food Tourism. (Over a third of world travellers visit a garden on their trips, according to the Garden Tourism Report by Richard Benfield.) There is nothing lovelier than England in June, when it's in full blossom, when the sun is sinking down behind the hedgerows and the Queen Elizabeth rose, with its palest of pale pink petals, is unfolding into glorious summer bloom. Nothing lifts the spirit more than a glorious meander through an English garden in full floraison. The sweetly scented gardens and gentle landscapes of this great country have long drawn horticultural fans and Anglophiles searching for its natural idylls, made so redolent in literature, film, photography, poetry and song. Every summer, people from all over the world travel to England to stay at charming guest houses with bucolic gardens, drink at country pubs with flower-decked beer gardens, wander from gate to gate on garden tours, shop at stores for irresistible garden tools and seeds, and dine at caf s and restaurants with floral-themed interiors. Now, this beautiful new book by bestselling author Janelle McCulloch - part guidebook and part armchair delight for garden lovers - shows you where to find these wonderful garden destinations, from the celebrated and famous to the secret and little-known. It also details the private estates that only open several times a year; the ones that tend to go under the travel radar. Elegantly designed and illustrated, the pages within are also packed full of spectacular botanical-inspired hideaways to stay, linger, shop, dine and drink at, from garden-inspired restaurants to garden-enhanced hotels. It's the perfect gift for any garden lover and shows you how to make your next visit to England a truly memorable one.

Lab Girl
Lab Girl
Paperback      ISBN: 1101873728
National Bestseller

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

A New York Times Notable Book

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life--but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father's college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work "with both the heart and the hands." She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.

Winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science Books

Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, TIME.com, NPR, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews
This Common Ground: Seasons On An Organic Farm
This Common Ground
Seasons On An Organic Farm
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670034290

Since 1990, Scott Chaskey has worked as a land steward and farmer for the Peconic Land Trust at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, New York, an organic community farm. Over the years, he has recorded his meditations on weather, wildlife, soil, seed, root, plant, and flower, and in "This Common Ground," he has organized some of these reflections season by season, through the course of one year on the farm. Chaskeyas observations reflect a doeras respect for the rhetoric of the fields and a firsthand knowledge of the interdependence of soils, plants, animals, and humans. His contagious sense of wonder and artistic sensibility illustrate why planting and reaping are such an important part of what defines the human community and the human condition.

Like Joan Gussowas "This Organic Life" or Verlyn Klinkenborgas "The Rural Life," this inspirational evocation of a life spent working the earth is certain to become a classic of nature writing, as well as appealing to todayas burgeoning organic lifestyle audience.

The History of Weed in 101 Objects
The History of Weed in 101 Objects
Paperback      ISBN: 1942556632

The History of Weed in 101 Objects offers an easy-to-read, full-color, fully illustrated history of humankind's long tradition of loving cannabis. And whether you live in a state that has chosen to legalize it or not, weed is rapidly losing its reputation as an illicit substance and becoming more or an accepted part of American culture with each passing election cycle.

This fascinating look at 101 objects chronicles the history of weed, and uniquely shows how America's perceptions of it have changed socially, medically, economically and legally. Each entry has been carefully selected to highlight a facet of weed's history, from 12th century hashish to the Volcano Vaporizer.

Gardening With the Goddess: Creating Gardens of Spirit and Magick
Gardening With the Goddess
Creating Gardens of Spirit and Magick
Paperback      ISBN: 1564145530

Teaches how to use gardening as a spiritual tool that cultivates the mind and soul. For organic gardeners, magickal practitioners, or people walking in the Goddess tradition.

A Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America
A Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
Eastern and Central North America
Paperback      ISBN: 039592622x

More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous lookalikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses.

Hubbard Brook: The Story of a Forest Ecosystem
Hubbard Brook
The Story of a Forest Ecosystem
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300203640
A beautifully illustrated overview and synthesis of how scientists have used a living forest as an experimental laboratory for more than 50 years

For more than 50 years, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire has been one of the most intensely studied landscapes on earth. This book highlights many of the important ecological findings amassed during the long-term research conducted there, and considers their regional, national, and global implications.

Richard T. Holmes and Gene E. Likens, active members of the research team at Hubbard Brook since its beginnings, explain the scientific processes employed in the forest-turned-laboratory. They describe such important findings as the discovery of acid rain, ecological effects of forest management practices, and the causes of population change in forest birds, as well as how disturbance events, pests and pathogens, and a changing climate affect forest and associated aquatic ecosystems. The authors show how such long-term, place-based ecological studies are relevant for informing many national, regional, and local environmental issues, such as air pollution, water quality, ecosystem management, and conservation.