Books about Plants
shelflist under construction
[may grow into a Reading Guide]

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❧ Foundational

The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth Zoë Schlanger 2024 (Kindle)

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Field Guide to the Patchy Anthropocene: The New Nature Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing et al. 2024 (Kindle and print)

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The Biosphere Vladimir Vernadsky 1927 (Kindle)

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Symbiotic Planet: A new view of evolution Lynn Margulis 1999

The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Terms Henk Beentje and Juliet Williamson

❧ ❧ Plants: botany and beyond

Green Plants: Their Origin and Diversity Peter R Bell 1992

The Nature of Plants: An Introduction to How Plants Work Craig N Huegel 2019 (Kindle and Audible)

What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses Daniel Chamovitz 2017

The Ambonese Herbal, Volume 1: Containing All Sorts of Trees, That Bear Edible Fruits, and Are Husbanded by People Georgius Everhardus Rumphius

Economic Botany: Plants in our World Beryl Simpson and Molly Ogorzaly

Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline Richard Evans Schultes

Tropical Crops: Monocotyledons JW Purseglove

Tropical Crops: Dicotyledons JW Purseglove

The Private Life of Plants David Attenborough

Weeds of the Northeast Joseph C Neal et al. 2023

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Michael Pollan 2002

Cabaret of Plants Richard Mabey (Kindle)

A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-central North America Peterson Field Guides

Spring Wildflowers of New England Marilyn J Dwelley

Edible Wild Plants Peterson Field Guides

Karl Blossfeldt: The Complete Published Work Hans Christian Adam 2014

❧ Non-vascular plants

A Field Guide to the Ferns Boughton Cobb

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses Robin Wall Kimmerer

Lichens: Toward a Minimal Resistance Vincent Zonca (Kindle)

The Lichen Museum Laurie A Palmer (Kindle)

Urban Lichens: A Field Guide for Northeastern North America

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Merlin Sheldrake (Kindle)

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Entangled Life Illustrated Edition

What a Mushroom Lives For Michael J Hathaway (Kindle)

The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

Blight: Fungi and the Coming Pandemic Emily Monosson

❧ ❧ ❧ Trees: lignin resplendent

Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England Tom Wessels et al.

The Long, Long Life of Trees Fiona Stafford

Eastern Trees Peterson Field Guides

Around the World in 80 Trees Jonathan Drori

Sibley Guide to Trees David Allen Sibley

Trees: A complete guide to their biology and structure Roland Ennos

The Fragmented Forest: Island Biogeography Theory and the Preservation of Biotic Diversity Larry D Harris

Struggle for Land and the Fate of the Forests Marcus Colchester

Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape Oliver Rackham

A Forest Journey: The Role of Trees in the Fate of Civilization John Perlin

New England Forests Through Time: Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas David R Foster and John O'Keefe

The Future of the Northern Forest Christopher McGrory Klyza

The Interrupted Forest: A History of Maine's Wildlands Neil Rolde

In the Rainforest Catherine Caulfield 1984

The Trees in My Forest Bernd Heinrich

Trees James Underwood Crockett 1972 (Time/Life Encyclopedia of Gardening) [Miggs' book]

Barkskins Annie Proulx (Kindle)

The Overstory Richard Powers (Kindle and Audible)

The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben (Kindle)

The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky's Red River Gorge Wendell Berry and Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Tropical Trees and Forests: An Architectural Analysis F Hallé, RAA Oldeman, PB Tomlinson (1978) (pdf of a classic)

Sprout Lands: Tending the endless gift of trees William Bryant Logan (Kindle)

The Succession of Forest Trees and Wild Apples Henry David Thoreau 1860 (Kindle)

Oak: The Frame of Civilization William Bryant Logan (Kindle)

Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time Beth Moon

Baobab Beth Moon

❧ ❧ ❧ ❧ Domesticates and CoEvolution

Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World Scott Reynolds Nelson (Kindle)

Maize and Grace: Africa's Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000 James C McCann 2007

Corn and Capitalism: How a Botanical Bastard Grew to Global Dominance Arturo Warman 2003

Pepper: The Spice That Changed the World Christine McFadden 2011

In the shadow of a pepper-centric historiography: Understanding the global diffusion of capsicums in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Stefan Halikowski Smith Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2014 (pdf)

The History and Social Influence of the Potato Redcliffe N Salaman 1985

Common Malaysian fruits, with Thai and Tamil names Betty Molesworth Allen 1975

The Rice Economies: Technology and Development in Asian Societies Francesca Bray 1994

Cotton: The fabric that made the modern world Giorgio Riello

Empire of Cotton: A Global History Sven Beckert (Kindle)

Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire Max Haiven 2022

Oil Palm: A Global History (Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges) Jonathan E Robins 2021 (Kindle)

The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire Joe Jackson 2009

The Impact of Rubber on the Forest Landscape in Borneo Wil de Jong (pdf)

Red Rubber, Bleeding Trees: Violence, Slavery, and Empire in Northwest Amazonia, 1850-1933 Michael Edward Stanfield

The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis Amitav Ghosh

Maps and Counter-Maps: Globalised Imaginings and Local Realities of Sarawak's Plantation Agriculture Fadzilah Majid Cooke Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 2003 (pdf)

Smoke and Ashes: Opium's Hidden Histories Amitav Ghosh 2024 (Kindle)

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Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History Sidney Mintz 1986

History of Nebraska Agriculture Jody L Lamp and Melody Dobson (Kindle)

Iowa Agriculture Darcy Maulsby (Kindle)

❧ ❧ ❧ ❧ ❧ Environmental History and Landscapes

What is Environmental History? J Donald Hughes 2015

The Holocene: An Environmental History Neil Roberts 2014

The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 Alfred W Crosby

Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 Alfred W Crosby

Germs Seeds & Animals: Studies in Ecological History Alfred W Crosby

Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World JR McNeill 2001

World Agriculture and the Environment: A Commodity-By-Commodity Guide To Impacts And Practices Jason Clay 2004

An environmental history of the world J Donald Hughes 2002

The Earth as Transformed by Human Action: Global and Regional Changes in the Biosphere over the Past 300 Years BL Turner et al. 1993

The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945 JR McNeill and Peter Engelke 2016

Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene Gregg Mitman et al 2018

The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples Tim Flannery 2001

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus Charles C Mann 2006

History of the Countryside Oliver Rackham 2000

The Making Of The British Landscape: From the Ice Age to the Present Nicholas Crane 2016

The making of the English landscape WG Hoskins 1955

This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India Madhav Gadgil and Ramachandra Guha 1993

Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China Robert Marks 2006

Seeds, Soil and Spades: The Acadians at Grand Pré and Their Dykeland Legacy Sherman Bleakney 2004

Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England William Cronon 2003

Iban Agriculture Derek Freeman 1957

The Maya Forest Garden Anabel Ford and Ron Nigh 2015

Anabel Ford is director of the MesoAmerican Research Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and President of the nonprofit organization Exploring Solutions Past: The Maya Forest Alliance. She has done extensive research on patterns of Maya settlement and landscape ecology, and is recognized for the archaeological discovery of the ancient Maya city center of El Pilar, on the border of Belize and Guatemala.,

Ronald Nigh is a professor at Centro Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Chiapas, Mexico. He is the author of numerous studies and articles on agricultural, ecological, and environmental issues of concern to indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica. He is also director of Dana, a non-government organization that coordinates an experimental garden in San Cristobal de Las Casas for training and support of young Maya farmers involved in agroecological transition.

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Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects Edward Posnett (Kindle)

Plant Teachers: Ayahuasca, Tobacco, and the Pursuit of Knowledge Jeremy Narby (Kindle)

How Forests Think Eduardo Kohn (Audible)

Ways of Being: Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence James Bridle (Kindle)

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