Keri Cronin

Summer Book Purchases

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As I continue to organize my office to get ready for the 2007/08 academic year, I have been unpacking the various bags and boxes of books I purchased this summer. The majority of them were purchased in the UK, where I got a little carried away in museum and garden bookshops! We had our suitcases stuffed to the brim with all of my heavy books on the way home. This would have been fine except we had to take the tube to Victoria station in order to transfer to the Gatwick Express. We discovered a little too late that there are no lifts in Victoria station, so we had to drag our heavy luggage up the stairs — I’m sure we looked quite comical! Thankfully some nice folks stopped to help us out.

Below is a list of the books I bought over the past couple of months. I can’t wait until I have a chance to read them all!

A Vision of Eden: The Life and Work of Mariane North
(London: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1993)

Carol Armstrong, Scenes in a Library: Reading the Photograph in the Book, 1843-1875 (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press)

David Attenborough, Susan Owens, Martin Clayton and Rea Alexandratos, Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery (London: Royal Collection Publications, 2007)

Holley Bishop, Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey, The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World (New York: Free Press, 2005)

R. Howard Bloch, A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry (New York: Random House, 2006)

John Buchanan-Brown, Early Victorian Illustrated Books: Britain, France and Germany, 1820-1860 (London: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2005)

Stefan Buczacki, Garden Natural History (London: Collins, 2007)

Susan Cambpell, A History of Kitchen Gardening (London: Frances Lincoln, 2005)

Ray Desmond, Great Natural History Books and Their Creators (London: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2003)

Carolyn Fry, The World of Kew (London: BBC Books, 2006)

Lisa Graziose Corrin, Miwon Kwon, Norman Bryson and Mark Dion, Mark Dion (London: Phaidon Press, 1997)

Victoria Finlay, Buried Treasure: Travels Through the Jewel Box (McArthur & Co, 2006)

David Gessner, Sick of Nature (Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2004)

Amy Butler Greenfield, A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage and the Quest for the Color of Desire (HarperCollins, 2006)

Ruth Hayden, Mrs. Delany: Her Life and Her Flowers (London: The British Museum Press, 1980)

Kenneth I. Helphand, Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2006)

Images from Nature (London: The Natural History Museum, 1998)

Anne Jennings, Victorian Gardens (London: English Heritage and The Museum of Garden History, 2005)

Anne Jennings, Edwardian Gardens (London: English Heritage and The Museum of Garden History, 2005)

Sylvia Landsberg, The Medieval Garden (London: The British Museum Press, 1995)

Leslie Laking, Love, Sweat and Soil: A History of the Royal Botanical Gardens from 1930 to 1981 (Hamilton: Royal Botanical Gardens’ Auxiliary, 2005)

Linda Lear, Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007)

Bill McKibben, The End of Nature (New York: Random House, 1989)

Bill McKibben, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2007)

Elizabeth K. Menon, Evil By Design: The Creation and Marketing of the Femme Fatale (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006)

Sue Minter, The Apothecaries’ Garden: A History of the Chelsea Physic Garden (Phoenix Mill: Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000)

Peter Pesic, Sky in a Bottle (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2005)

Laura Ponsonby, Marianne North at Kew Gardens (London: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1996)

Leonard Shlain, Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light (New York: Harper Perennial, 1991)

Ann Shteir, Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora’s Daughters and Botany in England, 1760-1860 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996)

Kim Sloan, A New World: England’s First View of America (London: The British Museum Press, 2007)

Rupert Smith, A Year at Kew (London: BBC Books, 2004)

Mary Soderstrom, Recreating Eden: A Natural History of Botanical Gardens (Montréal: Véhicule Press, 2001)

Amy Stewart, Flower Confidential (Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007)

Kim Todd, Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis (Orlando: Harcourt, 2007)

Jenny Uglow, A Little History of British Gardening (London: Pimlico, 2005)

Lucia van der Post, William Morris and Morris & Co. (London: V&A Publications, 2003)

Roy Vickery, Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum (London: The Natural History Museum, 2004)

Twigs Way, Virgins, Weeders and Queens: A History of Women in the Garden (Phoenix Mill: Sutton Publishing, 2006)

Anne Wilkinson, The Victorian Gardener: The Growth of Gardening and the Floral World (Phoenix Mill: Sutton Publishing, 2006)

Val Williams and Susan Bright, How We Are: Photographing Britain from the 1840s to the Present (London: Tate Publishing, 2007)

Simon Winchester, The Map that Changed the World (New York: Perennial, 2002)

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One thought on “Summer Book Purchases

  1. I am so jealous that you get to read ALL THOSE BOOKS!!! I suppose that it might have something to do with your job, but still. . . not fair *sniff*

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