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Lessons from Plants

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$22.95 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674241282

Publication Date: 04/06/2021

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240 pages

4-3/8 x 7-1/8 inches

15 illus.

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[Montgomery’s] knowledge and enthusiasm will have readers looking at plants in a new light.Publishers Weekly

An invitation to awareness, awe, and curiosity. Beronda Montgomery takes us deep into the sophisticated and life-giving behaviors and community lives of plants, giving us evergreen lessons about resilience and diversity along the way.—David George Haskell, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen and John Burroughs Medal winner The Songs of Trees

Lessons from Plants is an astonishing and luminously written work. By drawing surprising connections between the largely hidden world of plant behavior and the deep problems of human existence, Montgomery vividly illustrates the importance of paying close attention to the intentional behavior of stems, branches, and roots that often escapes our awareness. At once moving, accessible, and edifying, Lessons from Plants is a tour de force of science communication and a profound meditation on the nature of being.—Crystal M. Fleming, author of How to Be Less Stupid About Race

A wonderful portrait of life as a plant. In an accessible style and fluid prose, Montgomery teaches us modern plant biology interwoven with personal stories and philosophy, and ultimately, how to live meaningful, sense-filled lives.—Jo Handelsman, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and HHMI Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Whether you are a budding plant biologist, interested in the scientific process, or excited about learning more about the natural world, Lessons from Plants is a must-read.—Pamela Ronald, coauthor of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food

Lessons from Plants brilliantly highlights principles of plant self-recognition, growth, resources, and adaptations to gift us a newfound level of awareness. These insights illuminate how we might help those around us thrive—I plan to put key lessons into practice.—Prachee Avasthi, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Beronda Montgomery studies the secret life of plants, and her findings might surprise us. Plants have communities and can identify and favor their genetic kin. They adapt to complicated conditions in their environments. They are also more productive in a diverse ecosystem. In a beguiling set of observations, Montgomery notes how humans are similar creatures—this book is a call not only to plant awareness, but to self-awareness.—Teresa A. Sullivan, author of Census 2020: Understanding the Issues

A love letter to the natural world. This extraordinary, brave, and thoughtful meditation considers the connection between plants and mentoring, a link I’d never before contemplated. Through gorgeous storytelling and scholarship, Lessons from Plants will speak to scientists, naturalists, and everyone who has experienced the evocative relationship between a mentor and mentee.—Mary Deane Sorcinelli, coauthor of Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence

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What Have We Learned from Plants?

For Beronda L. Montgomery, the author of Lessons from Plants, the undisturbed growth of plants has been a reminder that life moves along, even in the most difficult times. In her new book, Montgomery shows how plant behavior and adaptation can offer valuable insights for human thriving. Her recent article in Elle on how plants have been a beacon of hope for her and many others during the pandemic inspired us at Harvard University Press to think about how plants have also helped us during this past year of working from home