Wednesday, April 14, 2010
New and Recent Titles:
1) Cribb, Phillip and Johan Hermans. Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar. 2009. Kew Publishing. Hardbound: 456 pages. Price: $99.00 U.S.
SUMMARY: Madagascar is a world hot-spot for orchids. The largest family of flowering plants on the island, almost 1000 species make up some 10% of Madagascar's flora; 90% of them are endemic. They occur in almost every habitat, from coastal and montane forests to cold mountain tops and dry spiny forest. This field guide, the first of its kind for Madagascan orchids, will enable you to identify these showy, and often spectacular plants. Each species is given a range map and about 40% of the species are given a color photograph.
RECOMMENDATION: For those interested in orchids or the flora of Madagascar.
2) Impey, Chris. How It Ends: From You to the Universe. 2010. W.W. Norton. Hardbound: 352 pages. Price: $26.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: The author examines how things come to an end (die). He starts out with humans and ends up with the universe. The author often uses humor to lighten up this dark topic.
RECOMMENDATION: For those with an interest in the ultimate end of everything.