A Garden of Marvels
By Ruth Kassinger
Frustrated by the death of her kumquat tree, self-described brown thumb Kassinger goes on a mission to learn what makes plants tick. She digs up fascinating stories about why certain sea slugs are capable of photosynthesis and how carnivorous plants can sense the difference between a fly and a falling leaf landing on them. The writing gets a bit, ahem, flowery at times, but Garden is a lively alternative to traditional botany textbooks, reveling in scientific exploration of the plant kingdom that comprises 99 percent of our big blue marble’s biomass.— Breanna Draxler.
[This article originally appeared in print as "Hot Books."]