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Amy Stewart lives in northern California, where she and her husband own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books. She writes books by typing very quickly and loudly on a jet black keyboard that has no letters printed on the keys, proving (to herself, because no one else particularly cares) that she is an excellent touch typist.

When she's not writing books, reading them, or shelving them, she might be painting. You can see examples of her paintings here and here.

You can also find her all over the country speaking to audiences at bookstores, botanical gardens, garden clubs, and college and museum lecture series. To find out if she's coming to your town, visit the Events page of her website.


Four of Amy's books have been New York Times best...more


Average rating: 3.82 · 10,027 ratings · 1,694 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
Wicked Plants: The Weed Tha...
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,417 ratings — published 2009 — 16 editions
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The Drunken Botanist
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,609 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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Wicked Bugs: The Louse That...
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,853 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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Flower Confidential: The Go...
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 719 ratings — published 2007 — 8 editions
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The Earth Moved: On the Rem...
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 576 ratings — published 2004 — 8 editions
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From the Ground Up: The Sto...
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 416 ratings — published 2000 — 5 editions
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The Last Bookstore In America
3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 386 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
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Gilding The Lily: Inside Th...
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2009
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Running from Love, Fighting...
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2014
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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“The male doesn't eat - it doesn't even have a mouth or an anus - so it does nothing but mate until death.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects

“People here had redwood trees in their backyards. You were never far from the infinite.”
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“Perhaps it makes sense that a creature that doesn't get ill and has few enemies among its neighbors would also live agelessly and die without explanation or cause--would simply vanish without a trace.”
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