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A bumper crop of the best writing by women on women and plants

Since prehistory, plants--as sources of food, medicine, clothing, beauty, and life itself--have been the province of women. Yet no previous book has attempted to bring together the rich literature this husbandry has inspired. This burgeoning collection amply addresses that lack, with more than three dozen selections of nonfiction and poetry.

As in Intimate Nature, their previous anthology on women and animals (edited with Deena Metzger), Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson illuminate their subject from a range of perspectives. Here are curranderas and craftswomen whose legacy of plant wisdom safeguards our connection to the green world; botanists and geneticists; and visionaries like Rachel Carson, who show us the world--and our power to protect or destroy it--in a blade of grass. Here are Zora Neale Hurston on voodoo herbs, Sharman Apt Russell on the perfume of plants, Annick Smith on huckleberries, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas on the Everglades' "river of grass," Isabel Allende on the language of flowers, Susan Orleans on "Orchid Fever," Diane Ackerman on the rain forest, and Kathleen Norris on "Dreaming of Trees." Here is an eloquent "ode to mold," a paean to mulch, an elegy for elders. Here is a book that celebrates an ancient and ongoing relationship in a new and appealing way.

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Since prehistory, plants have been the province of women. This burgeoning collection includes more than three dozen selections of nonfiction and poetry about plants, and women's relationship to them. Includes works by Rachel Carson, Rigoberta Menchu, Alice Walker, Kathleen Norris, and others.

About the Author

Linda Hogan has published several books of poetry, essays, and fiction. She lives in Colorado.

Brenda Peterson is the author of three novels, two collections of essays, and numerous articles. She lives in Seattle.

Table of Contents

Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson, Preface

A Passion for Plants

Susan Orlean, Orchid Fever

Sharman Apt Russell, Smelling like a Rose

Isabel Allende, The Language of Flowers

Claudia Lewis, Ode to Mold

Linda Hasselstrom, Mulch

Zora Neale Hurston, Wedding Day

Annick Smith, Huckleberries

Elaine Scarry, Columbine

Naomi Shihab Nye, Mint Snowball

Keepers of the Plants: Native Women

Linda Hogan, Bamboo

Linda Yamane, My World Is Out There

Anita Endrezze, Corn Mother

Mary Crow Dog, Peyote

Paula Gunn Allen, The Woman I Love Is a Planet; the Planet I Love Is a Tree

Rigoberta Menchú, Maize

Teresa tsimmu Martino, Alder

Louise M. Wisechild, La Limpia

Collecting Myself

Jeanne Achterberg, Fate of the Wise Women

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Grass

Trish Maharam, Plantswomen

Alice Walker, The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom

Molly Peacock, State of Grace

The Science of Green

Rachel Carson, Earth's Green Mantle

Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, Barbara McClintock

Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream

Lesa Quale, Radioactive Tumbleweeds

Linda Jean Shepherd, My Life with Weed

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The Forest for the Trees

Kathleen Norris, Dreaming of Trees

Laura Bowers Foreman, For the Maples

Diane Ackerman, Rain Forest

Carolyn Kizer, Index, a Mountain

Stephanie Kaza, House of Wood

Brenda Peterson, Killing Our Elders

Flora for Fauna

Donna Kelleher, Living Medicine for Animals

Jane Goodall and Dale Peterson, Visions of Caliban

Mary Troychak, Miriam Rothschild: Through the Eyes of a Butterfly

Catherine Caufield, The Flooded Forest

Sylvia Earle, The Twlight Zone

Pattiann Rogers, The Importance of the Whale in the Field of Iris

About the Contributors

Acknowledgments

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Jessica Jackson, February 1, 2013 (view all comments by Jessica Jackson)
A beautiful collection of essays about women and plants. This is a powerful book, ripe with different perspectives and essays true to the voice and experience of each woman author.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865476257
Subtitle:
Women Writing on the Green World
Editor:
Hogan, Linda; Peterson, Brenda
Editor:
Hogan, Linda
Editor:
Peterson, Brenda
Author:
Peterson, Brenda
Author:
Hogan, Linda
Editor:
Peterson, Brenda
Publisher:
Libri
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Plants, cultivated
Subject:
Plants - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
General Nature
Edition Description:
Pbk
Series Volume:
150-101-686
Publication Date:
20020221
Binding:
TP
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.28x5.58x.91 in. .63 lbs.

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