Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday Freebie: The Incredible Journey of Plants by Stefano Mancuso


Congratulations to Columbus Moore, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie contest: The Memory Eaters by Elizabeth Kadetsky.

This week’s contest is for The Incredible Journey of Plants by Stefano Mancuso. Perhaps you’ve been spending your quarantine life starting a little indoor garden, or maybe you just miss walking through a field of wildflowers, inhaling deeply with every other step. Either way, this richly-illustrated book about the flora in our lives should prove to be some interesting reading for you. Here’s what Salon had to say about The Incredible Journey of Plants: “A gripping series of evolutionary history vignettes about plants that have coexisted either in spite of or due to human intervention...a new perspective on that hazy term, nature.” Keep scrolling for more information on the book and how to enter the contest...
When we talk about migrations, we should study plants to understand that these phenomena are unstoppable. In the many different ways plants move, we can see the incessant action and drive to spread life that has led plants to colonize every possible environment on earth. The history of this relentless expansion is unknown to most people, but we can begin our exploration with these surprising tales, engagingly told by Stefano Mancuso. Generation after generation, using spores, seeds, or any other means available, plants move in the world to conquer new spaces. They release huge quantities of spores that can be transported thousands of miles. The number and variety of tools through which seeds spread is astonishing: we have seeds dispersed by wind, by rolling on the ground, by animals, by water, or by a simple fall from the plant, which can happen thanks to propulsive mechanisms, the swaying of the mother plant, the drying of the fruit, and much more. In this accessible, absorbing overview, Mancuso considers how plants convince animals to transport them around the world, and how some plants need particular animals to spread; how they have been able to grow in places so inaccessible and inhospitable as to remain isolated; how they resisted the atomic bomb and the Chernobyl disaster; how they are able to bring life to sterile islands; how they can travel through the ages, as they sail around the world.

If you’d like a chance at winning The Incredible Journey of Plants, simply e-mail your name and mailing address to


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The Fine Print
One entry per person, please (or, two if you share the post—see below). Despite its name, the Friday Freebie remains open to entries until midnight on May 21 at which time I’ll draw the winning names. I’ll announce the lucky reader on May 22.

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1 comment:

  1. يعد تنظيف المنازل شيء ضروري وأساسي في حياة الجميع، ولا يمكننا إهماله أبداً، حيث أنّ ذلك يؤدي إلى تراكم الأوساخ وانتقال الأمراض. تحتاج العديد من أعمال التنظيف المنزلية إلى مختصين في هذا المجال، فالمواد والوسائل التي تستخدمها شركات تنظيف المنازل بالدمام فائقة الجودة، وتقدم هذه الشركات مجموعة خدمات مميزة وشاملة باحترافية عالية، مثل خدمات التعقيم الخارجية والداخلية،
    شركة تنظيف بجازان
    يتسخ أثاث غرفة المعيشة بسرعة ، ومن وقت لآخر قد تلاحظ بقعة لونية تركها طفلك على الأريكة ، أو بقايا الطعام ، أو بقعة قهوة أو شاي تحتاج إلى معرفة كيفية تنظيف الأريكة من البقع الصعبة دون أن تفقد لمعانها خاصة أنه لا توجد طريقة موحدة لتنظيف جميع أنواع الأرائك ، أو بالأحرى يجب تنظيف كل نوع حسب مادته ، لأن الجلد يتطلب طريقة تنظيف غير الأقمشة ، حتى الأقمشة تختلف في طرق التنظيف حسب نوعها ، فهناك هي الكتان والشامواه والقطيفة وغيرها
    شركة تنظيف كنب بالدمام
    من افضل واكبر الشركات المتخصصه فى مجال كشف تسربات المياه نعتبر من الشركات الرائده بمجال كشف تسربات المياه نستخدم افضل واحدث الوسائل والادوات المستخدمه للكشف عن الاسباب الرئيسيه فى تسربات المياه دون الحاجه للقيام باى اعمال تكسيرات او احداث اى خسائر ماديه نقوم بتقديم افضل الخدمات خدمات على اعلى مستوى
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام

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