Automotive Deals HPCC Amazon Fashion Learn more Discover it Pink Floyd Fire TV Stick Sun Care Handmade school supplies Shop-by-Room Amazon Cash Back Offer TarantinoCollection TarantinoCollection TarantinoCollection  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 All-New Kindle Oasis AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Water Sports

Summer Reading for Plant Lovers

Herblady22 "Herblady"
The list author says: "When you want light but lush reading that transports you, here are some of my favorite books. Not a gardening book list, if that is what you are looking for, because I respond to the wildness in nature. In no particular order."
Prodigal Summer: A Novel
Prodigal Summer: A Novel
"Lyrical and lush.  The entertwined stories of a forestry ranger who protects the coyotes coming back, an elderly organic gardner who feuds with a chemically-oriented hybridizer trying to develop resistant elms and a young widdow trying to save her Kentucky holler farm."
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
"What do your plants have in mind?  And what all is corn doing?  A fascinating book by the incomparable Michael Pollan."
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
"A fabulous series of essays that looks at what wilderness is, compared to gardens and finds little clear cut difference.  Provocative and entertaining."
Small Wonder: Essays
Small Wonder: Essays
"I loved this book.  Kingsolver takes heart in "a persistent river, a forest on the edge of night, the religion in a seed, the startle of wingbeats when a spark of red life flies against all reason out of the darkness. One child, one bear""
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
"A fascinating and entertaining book on living off of the land and eating locally.  After a year they see no downside at all.  Better food and greater stewardship."
Blackberry Wine: A Novel
Blackberry Wine: A Novel
"A sensual story of food, wine and spices in Provence by the incomparable Joanne Harris.  You can feel the sunlight and the blackberry juice on your fingers.  Same locale as Chocolat."
Tom's Midnight Garden
Tom's Midnight Garden
"This is a children's book, but still one of my favorite which endures half a century later.  The garden appears when the old gradfather clock strikes thirteen and the alley disappears into the past where a rich garden and a Victorian playmate are found."
My Side of the Mountain Trilogy (My Side of the Mountain / On the Far Side of the Mountain / Frightful's Mountain)
My Side of the Mountain Trilogy (My Side of the Mountain / On the Far Side of the Mountain / Frightful's Mountain)
"I first read My Side of the Mountain as a child, about Sam, a boy who lights off for the Catskills to live off of the land.  Here are all three volumes of this delightful and memorable book, not just for children."
Stalking The Wild Asparagus
Stalking The Wild Asparagus
"Like having your grandfather pointing out the edible bounty of the wild world.  More stories than field guide, evoking the foods of the past."
Tom Brown's Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Field Guide)
Tom Brown's Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Field Guide)
"Most any of Tom Brown's books could be here, especially The Tracker or Grandfather.  But this is a book without pictures about the personalities of plants.  You need a field guide to use it, but the stories will remain with you."
The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic
The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic
"Written while Haiti was still lush with jungle, Davis explores the plants and processes Voudon uses to turn people into zombies. Fascinating and exotic. Don't confuse it with the inexcusable movie."
Shadows in the Sun: Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire
Shadows in the Sun: Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire
"A book on biodiversity from the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of the Amazon.  Davis describes the biochemistry of ayuhuasca in a way that anyone can understand.  Lyrical and scientific."