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We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life: supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and pepper drove the Age of Discovery, coffee beans fueled the Enlightenment and cottonseed sparked the Industrial Revolution. Seeds are fundamental objects of beauty, evolutionary wonders, and simple fascinations. Yet, despite their importance, seeds are often seen as commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more. This is a book of knowledge, adventure, and wonder, spun by an award-winning writer with both the charm of a fireside story-teller and the hard-won expertise of a field biologist.



About the Author

Thor Hanson

Dr. Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an award winning author and biologist. His book FEATHERS won the John Burroughs Medal and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize. It also won the 2012 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, as well as a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. His first book, THE IMPENETRABLE FOREST, received the 2008 USA Book News Award for nature writing. Hanson's most recent book is THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS. He lives with his wife and son on an island in the Pacific Northwest. Visit his website at www.thorhanson.net. (Author photo by Kathleen Ballard Photography.)



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