Planta Sapiens, by Paco Calvo

Staff Pick

In his inspiring exploration of plant cognition, Calvo shows that while plants may lack an animal's neurons, they nonetheless possess a cellular information-processing system. Before reading this engaging book I'd had no idea, for instance, that the smell of freshly cut grass comes from the “chemicals released by the wounded plant to warn nearby grasses to mobilize their defenses.” In this thoroughly enjoyable volume Calvo has made an important contribution to a growing, albeit still controversial, field.



Planta Sapiens: The New Science of Plant Intelligence By Paco Calvo, Natalie Lawrence (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393881080
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 14th, 2023

The Secret History of Food, by Matt Siegel

Staff Pick

This unique look at how food impacts our lives delves into how it affected the lives of our ancestors, tracing the reasons we eat what we do. As entertaining as it is educational, the narrative is full of interesting facts and historical data served up in easily digestible “bite-sized” portions.



The Secret History of Food: Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat By Matt Siegel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062973207
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Published: Ecco - August 16th, 2022

The Heartbeat of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben

Staff Pick

The Heartbeat of Trees is both a celebration of the wonders of trees--and an accessible go-to source for arboreal facts--and a cry of outrage at how recklessly we treat them. But “what we need right now is hope, not despair," Wohlleben writes, and this lovely, uplifting spring read provides it. Wohlleben offers a wonderful journey into the very pulse and hidden lives of trees and shows how a simple walk in the woods can't help but lead to both an appreciation of trees and optimism about a bright future--for them and for us.



The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature By Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771646895
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Published: Greystone Books - June 1st, 2021