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Great Books on Snails & Slugs–Perennial Bookworm

The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane, David George Gordon, 2010.  Sasquatch Books, 176 pages, 8.5” x 5.5”, $14.95 (paper).  If you don’t know the first thing about snails or slugs—this should be your … Continue reading

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Insectopedia–Perennial Bookworm

Insectopedia, Hugh Raffles, 2010.  Pantheon Books, 465 pages, 9.44” x 6.36”, $29.95 (hardcover). This ia a thought provoking read that will appeal to those who like to delve into mankind’s attitude toward the natural world.  Formatted unusually into small sections titled … Continue reading

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Hit the “Dirt”–Perennial Bookworm

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, David R. Montgomery, 2007.  University of California Press, 295 pages, 6 x 9”, $17.95 (paper). The author’s main point: we treat our soil like dirt.  From the Romans to the Mayans to the Palouse region … Continue reading

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Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes–Perennial Bookworm

Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes: A Year Alone in the Patagonia Wilderness, Robert Kull, 2008.  New World Library, 384 pages, $15.95 (paper). Solitude is a natural craving for many of us after the social overload of the holidays and a … Continue reading

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A Garden Magazine With Substance

Pacific Horticulture, quarterly magazine, Pacific Horticultural Foundation, 8 x 11”, $28 annual subscription.  I never think to review magazines, but this magazine is different.  I always read the issues from cover to cover and believe any avid horticulturist should know … Continue reading

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Get Outdoors! Perennial Bookworm

Outdoors: The Garden Design Book for the 21st Century, Diarmuid Gavin and Terence Conran, 2007.  The Monacelli Press, 271 pages, 14” x 10”, $60.00 (hardcover). Conran is an iconic design figure in Europe for good reason. This book, as well … Continue reading

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Pebble Tech–The Perennial Bookworm

Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook: Revised and Expanded Second Edition, Maggy Howarth, 2009.  Firefly Books Ltd., 256 pages, 8 3/8 x 11 1/8”, $29.95 (paper). An evocative landscape encompasses many arts.  In this book, we are treated to a mesmerizing exposé … Continue reading

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Pick Your Poison: The Perennial Bookworm

The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms, Nancy Turner Ph.D. and Patrick von Aderkas, Ph.D., 2009.  Timber Press, 376 pages, 258 color photos, 6” x 9”, $29.95 (hardcover). This book is way more than a field guide: … Continue reading

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The ultimate guide to veggie gardening in the PNW: The Perennial Bookworm

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