May Flowers!

Until the weather cooperates and brings the spring flowers into bloom, we’ve compiled a list of some “floral” books to get you into the spirit of the season. Of course, we’ve also got recommendations for books with specific flower references (such as The Orchid Thief or Peony) — just stop by the Ref Desk. (All annotations are courtesy of one of our favorite databases, Book Index with Reviews. The database is here if you’re interested.)

Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the floriculture industry covers how cut flowers are bred, grown, and sold in the United States, discussing the historical roots of the industry and describing the attitudes of those involved in floriculture.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

  • A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.

The Art of Flower and Garden Photography by Clive Nichols

  • Nichols, winner of the 2005 British Garden Writers’ Guild Photographer of the Year Award, here describes his techniques and inspirations in capturing garden and flower images with both digital and traditional film cameras.

Flower Children by Maxine Swann

  • A full-length work inspired by the multiple award-winning short story follows the experiences of four siblings as they grow up in rural Pennsylvania under the guidance of devoutly hippie parents who believe in life without limits, a situation that involves innocence-compromising freedoms.

Flowers: How They Changed the World by William C. Burger

  • An engaging and beautifully written look at how flowering plants, over more than 100 million years, have “transformed terrestrial ecosystems, supported the origin of primates, and helped us humans become the masters of our planet.”

Slay it with Flowers: A Flower Shop Mystery by Kate Collins

  • When her bride-to-be cousin’s wedding party begins to disappear, resulting in murder, floral designer, bridesmaid, and occasional sleuth Abby Knight teams up with her family, a sexy bar owner, and her assistant to find the truth and to give her cousin the wedding day she deserves.

Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z by Debra Weinstein

  • Delighted when she lands a job with the eminent Flower Poet Z., Annabelle G., an aspiring young poet, soon realizes that she has acquired the mentor from hell instead of finding a meaningful relationship.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

  • A thirty-two-year-old mentally handicapped man takes part in an innovative scientific experiment to raise his intelligence.

– Jennifer

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