They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?
Inspired by Darwin, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure. Witty, offbeat, charming, and ever curious, she unearths the complex web of life beneath our feet and investigates the role earthworms play in cutting-edge science—from toxic cleanups to the study of regeneration.
“Stewart’s fascination with her subject is infectious, her writing as simple and sleek as the earthworm itself.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Using Darwin’s research as a starting point, [Stewart] delves into their incredible abilities and offers useful tips for the green thumbs in her audience.” (Entertainment Weekly)
"You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible.” (The New York Times)
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I bow down to our benevolent worm overlords
I am not sure because I have not see the print version.
Being an organic gardener with an interest in looking at the garden as whole. I found the info about the worms lives and different types of worms very interesting.
I did listen to it in all one sitting. Mostly because I listen to most books that way. It was by no means a page turner, but it was interesting.
I would recommend this book to any gardener. I have read wicked plants, wicked bugs, and the drunken botanist. Out of all the Amy Stewart books I have read this was my favorite. The information is helpful and interesting. It also tends to turn away from her normal writing style which often sounds like she just took an encyclopedia and reworked it into her own book. This book gives you some more hands on info and a diverse look at the different kinds of worms and how they make an impact on various environments.
More Interesting Than You Might Think!
- Mary Berry