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Mushroom (2011)

by Nicholas P. Money

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I am knowledgeable about mushrooms, but even so I learned a few things. Dr. Money has well considered opinions o all things fungal. An entertaining and informative read for anyone interested in the natural world. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
I could write a one-thousand-word review waxing lyrical about just how much I enjoyed this book, but it would be unbearable. I won't inflict that upon you. I will instead say, quite simply, that 'Mushroom' is the amateur mycophile's idea of a fantastic book. Of special note is the author's description of the fungal spore release mechanism which, despite such a dull-sounding phrase, is in fact a rather astonishing process. But even if you are not so inclined to enjoy such microscopic examinations, if you have even a rudimentary interest in mycology you will enjoy this book – it is broad in scope, non-technical, and above all written in a wonderfully engaging style.
  PickledOnion42 | Dec 8, 2012 |
Excellent overview written with a clever wit and wisdom. ( )
  Cygnus555 | Mar 2, 2012 |
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Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.
--Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish essayist)
Someday the delights of a mushroom hunt along lush pastures and rich woodlands will take the rank of the gentlest craft among those of hunting, and may perchance find its own Izaak Walton.
--Charles McIlvaine, One Thousand American Fungi (1900)
a sun struck stinkhorn
sticky with flies
thrusts up under
the skirt of an oak

--Tom Pickard, Stinkhorn, from Hole in the Wall: New & Selected Poems (Chicago: Flood Editions, 2002)
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As you will have gathered from the title, this is a book about mushrooms. [Preface]
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The overnight appearance of mushrooms in a meadow or on a suburban lawn is a marvelous sight. It is one of many awe-inspiring, magical processes that have evolved among the fungi, yet this group remains the least studied and most poorly understood kingdom of organisms. In Mushroom, Nicholas Money offers a vibrant introduction to the world of mushrooms, investigating the science behind these organisms as well as their enduring cultural and imaginative appeal. Beginning with the basics of mushroom biology, Money leads us through a history of mushroom research, painting portraits of the colorful characters involved in their study--among them, Beatrix Potter, the celebrated author and creator of Peter Rabbit, and Captain Charles McIlvaine, a Civil War veteran who engaged in a dangerous quest to determine the edibility of every mushroom in North America. Money also discusses the uses of mushrooms today, exploring their importance as food and medicine, their use as recreational drugs, and as the cause of horrific poisonings. A cultural, natural, and scientific history in one, Mushroom is a must-read for mycophiles, mushroom gatherers, and nature lovers alike.

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"Nicholas Money offers a vibrant tour of the world of mushrooms, investigating the science behind these organisms as well as their enduring cultural and imaginative appeal."--Jacket.

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