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The Plant Hunters by Anita Silvey
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Jul 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, kids-books, middle-school, nonfiction, picture-books
Read in July, 2012

This is one fascinating book, makes me want to read the Orchid Thief now that I understand the history, tools, and obsession a little more of the plant hunters. My favorite part of the book is the beginning paragraph: "One got eaten by tigers in the Philippines; one died of fever in Ecuador; one drowned in the Orinico River; one fell to his death in Sierra Leone. Another survived rheumatism, pleurisy, and dysentery while sailing the Yangtze River in China, only to be murdered later. A few ended their days in lunatic asylums; many simply vanished into thin air." -- wow, what a beginning, right?

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