Books by Jonathan Rosen
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From an anti-lawn manifesto, to "sophisticated plant porn at its finest," Ketzel Levine shares this year's yield of great gardening books. She finds that geeky plant lust is officially outre, and memoirs of urban homesteads of produce and poultry are a budding new genre.
"Consider yourself warned," writes Amy Stewart. "Within the plant kingdom lurk unfathomable evils." Bram Stoker meets Agatha Christie in this sophisticated little brew of botanical boogiemen. Fatal fungus, suicide trees and deadly nightshades are the characters in Stewart's cleverly designed overview of poisonous plants.
Wicked Plants is a new book documenting the sometimes deadly plant kingdom. Author Amy Stewart writes about illegal, dangerous and toxic species, including oleander and poison sumac. This summer, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden features some of these "evil" plants skulking among its lily ponds and greenhouses.
Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.
As spring bird migrations start, avid birders are gathering with their binoculars to view the transition. But a new book warns that the beauty and variety of these feathered friends is threatened by the very people who admire them.
Whether it's a common sparrow or a rare warbler, it's a human instinct to watch birds. At least, that's the premise of Jonathan Rosen's new book, The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, which explores the relationship between humans and birds.