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Combining graceful writing with a scientist's clarity, Russell reveals that the science behind these intelligent plants--how they evolved, survive, heal--is even more awe-inspiring than their fleeting beauty.
An acclaimed nature writer reveals the secret life of flowers. . . In Anatomy of a Rose, Sharman Apt Russell eloquently unveils the "inner life" of flowers. From their diverse fragrances to their nasty deceptions, Russell proves that, where nature is concerned, 'wonder is not only our starting point, it can also be our destination. ' Throughout this botanical journey, she reveals that the science behind these intelligent plants - how they evolved, how they survive, how they heal - is even more awe-inspiring than their fleeting beauty. Russell helps us imagine what a field of snapdragons looks like to a honeybee, and she introduces us to flowers that regulate their own temperature, attract pollinating bats, even smell like a rotting corpse. She also delves into cutting-edge research on everything from flower senses to their healing power. Long used to ease everything from depression to childbirth, flowers are now our main line of defence against childhood leukaemia and the deadly Ebola virus. In this wonderful book, which combines graceful writing with a scientist's clarity, Russell brings together the work of botanists around the globe, and illuminates a world at once familiar and exotic.
A biography of the man who, after escaping slavery, became an orator, writer, and leader in the anti-slavery movement of the early nineteenth century.
While on a school field trip, May and Evan find themselves transported to an alternative reality and are made slaves by one of the warring Indian tribes who live in the Arizona desert.
A subject as big as history and as everyday as skipping lunch -- how does hunger work? -- is explored in this thought-provoking, kaleidoscopic blend of science, anthropology, and personal reflection.
On ranching, environmentalism, and change -- life and thought in the West, seen through the eyes of some of the players.
This novel recreates the life of a family group in southern New Mexico 11,000 years ago, when humans shared the grassy plains with mammoths, camels, and lions.
Butterflies have always served as a metaphor for resurrection and transformation, but as Sharman Apt Russell points out in this lyrical meditation, butterflies are above all objects of obsession. She reveals the logic behind our endless fascination with butterflies and introduces us to the legendary collectors and dedicated scientists who have obsessively catalogued new species of Lepidoptera. A luminous journey through an exotic world of passion and strange beauty, this is a book to be treasured by anyone who has ever experienced the enchantment of butterflies.
From the flooding of southern New Mexico's Mimbres River in the summer, to the year-round search for community in rural America, Sharman Apt Russell recounts her experiences in creating a life for herself and her family.
Everything is connected, and the web is holy. So wrote Marcus Aurelius, the starting point of Sharman Russell's wise and haunting new memoir about her life as a pantheist. Perhaps no other religious philosophy is as simple and inclusive as pantheism.
Russell, author of "Kill the Cowboy", focuses on the idea that there are multiple ways of examining the past. She interviews an array of characters who have been instrumental in reshaping modern archaeology and speaks to those who continue to wrestle with the nature of the field today.
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