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Lichens of North America

by Stephen Sharnoff

  • ISBN: 9780300082494
  • ISBN10: 0300082495

Lichens of North America

by Stephen Sharnoff

  • List Price: $135.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780300082494
  • ISBN10: 0300082495
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Description: "A fascinating journey into the Lilliputian world of [lichens]. . . . Photographs by Stephen Sharnoff and Sylvia Duran Sharnoff capture the distinctive forms, brilliant colors or delicate hues of 804 species (out of 1050 discussed in the book). The Sharnoffs and Irwin M. Brodo have created a stunning guide for nature lovers."-- Wall Street Journal (Gift Guide) "A fascinating journey into the Lilliputian world of [lichens] . . . a stunning guide for nature lovers."-- Wall Street Journal , Gift Guide "Impressive. . . . The photographs in this book are of superb quality, both scientifically and aesthetically. Virtually, each of the photographs is unique and could be framed as a separate masterpiece in a gallery. . . . This book is a source of inspiration for those who have already got or are likely to get infected by lichen fever. . . . A refreshing book on lichens for a broad circle of readers."-- International Lichenological Newsletter "Of value to professionals and amateurs alike, this book is certain to be a classic reference for decades to come."-- Library Journal (starred review) "A technically splendid catalogue that will not soon be matched. . . . [An] accessible, informative visual masterpiece."--Samuel Hammer, American Scientist "A technically splendid catalogue that will not soon be matched. . . . The wonder and diversity of lichens are there for the viewing on page after page. Lichens, neglected and misunderstood despite their ubiquity, are brought out of obscurity in this volume. The photographs, unmatched in any previous work, breathe life into these unusual, stunningly beautiful symbiotic communities. The authors are to be praised for the accessible, informative visual masterpiece they have served up. The images invite the reader to appreciate, to touch, even to smell the lichens. . . . This handsome volume will . . . find a place in many lichenological venues, from classrooms to laboratories. It is sure to delight the eye of anyone who opens it. It may indeed inspire further nature study. And at just shy of $70, the book is a real bargain. . . . [It] will take its place as the foremost introductory text to the lichens of this continent."--Samuel Hammer, American Scientist "The world of brilliantly colored lichens comes to life in this definitive work on a lowly, but ecologically important, group of organisms. . . . Exceptionally vibrant photographs of lichens taken by Sylvia and Stephen Sharnoff accompany the text of the book. . . . By virtue of its publication, this book has instantly become the standard guidebook for lichens and should be in every academic, public, and botanic garden collection."-- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual 2003) "This gorgeously illustrated tome is a comprehensive guide to the world''s genera of the larger and smaller lichens, in spite of the ''North America'' in its name. . . . We recommend this book, a gift of world-class scholarship to the scientific community, without reservation. Given its current artificially low price, we suggest that all libraries, private and public, with even a remote interest in natural history obtain it now."--Lynn Margulis & Eva Barreno, BioScience "If art is that which forever changes the way we see the world, then Lichens of North America is certainly art. No one who reads this book will walk in the natural world and see it the same way as before. . . . The text of the world has just been translated, and you will not be able to put it down. [It is] is at once a spectacularly beautiful book, an important scientific accomplishment and a great read. . . . [Brodo''s] language is crisp, clear and comprehensible, but it is more than that--Brodo writes with real style and grace."--David Arnason, BorderCrossings "[The authors] have given us a monumentally conceived and superbly realized book about these curious evolutionary success stories. They have made their subject accessible to the nonspecialist by their intellectual clarity and . . . have also written a book of timeless value to specialists. . . . A book of such generous proportions and physical beauty is a bargain at $69.95."-- Brooklyn Botanical Garden "This encyclopedic volume overflows with gorgeous color photos, range maps, and habitat information that document the astounding diversity and beauty of more than 1,500 species."-- Discover "[M]y favorite book of the season. . . . [T]he most complete survey ever made of North American lichens, it weights in at just shy of 800 pages, each encrusted with Latin names and chemical formulae. But ever page also harbors glorious color photographs of these strangest of plants. . . . Irwin M. Brodo, a lichenologist with the soul of a poet, has written accessible and elegant introductory essays for the lay people he hopes will use his book alongside the scientists."--Polly Shulman, Newsday "[A]mazing . . . a gift, a tribute . . . a masterpiece . . . your guide to the . . . enchanting diversity of the lichen life."--Bryan Pfeiffer, Northern Woodlands "[An] amazing book , Lichens of North America, is a gift, a tribute to the beauty, grace, oddity, and dignity of some of the planet''s most obvious yet overlooked organisms. This encyclopedic book grabs you by the shoulders and shouts, ''Open your senses to lichens and discover what you''ve been missing!''. . . . Let Lichens of North America, a masterpiece, be your guide to the crusty, flaky, fruity, odd, and enchanting diversity of the lichen life."--Bryan Pfeiffer, Northern Woodlands "With Lichens of North America, [Brodo] is aiming to do something that has never been done before--produce a guide to the 3,600 species of lichens known to live in North America and introduce them to nature-lovers."--Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen " Lichens of North America isone of those rare books that can radically alter your experience of the natural world. . . . The diversity of these creatures is astounding, as the hundreds of beautifully reproduced color photographs will attest. The hues and textures creep off the page and allow the abstract compositions to capture the microscopic alien landscapes of our own backyards. It''s among the most beautiful art books produced this year and belongs on the coffee table of anyone who desires a fuller understanding of life on earth."--Andrew Ervin, Philadelphia City Paper "[A] photo-illustrated guide that should not be overlooked. . . lavish. . . Every person interested in natural history should have a copy."--Paula T. DePriest, Science "A carefully produced masterpiece. . . . [A] photo-illustrated guide that should not be overlooked. . . . This lavish volume, published in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, is more than could have been expected. . . . Every person interested in natural history should have a copy."--Paula T. DePriest, Science "Besides providing such extensive coverage of its subject, Lichens of North America isa masterpiece of photographic illustration. . . . I would recommend it for every serious professional and amateur lichenologist and for every public and university library. With its reasonable list price every person interested in natural history should have a copy. . . . Enjoyment of North American lichens has long been restricted to professionals and the most determined amateurs. This superior guidebook will make them accessible to all."--Paula T. DePriest, Science "[A] masterpiece of photographic illustration. . . for every serious professional and amateur . . . every public and university library. . . [A] superior guidebook."--Paula T. DePriest, Science ". . . [S]omething . . .never . . . done before . . . a guide to the 3,600 species of lichens . . . in North America . . . [for] nature-lovers."--Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen "[A] beautiful first-of-its-kind introduction to . . . lichen . . . [With] intimate, delicate, colour portraits . . . for people of all interests. . . ."-- Toronto Globe & Mail "[A] beautiful first-of-its-kind introduction to the biology, structure, habitat, human use and identification of 1,500 common species of lichen in North America. . . . Most dazzling are the 804 large, intimate, delicate, colour portraits of the lichen, which makes this a delight for people of all interests, whether scientific, artistic, or otherwise."-- Toronto Globe & Mail (Best of Year 2001) "It has given such pleasure that I''d gladly have paid double the price. . . . Exquisitely beautiful colour photographs. . . . Any one of the photographs could be hung on a wall as abstract art. . . . I had no idea such beauty and such diversity existed under my very nose. As a result, if I don''t answer emails, it''s because I''ve gone rambling in the woods."--Cameron Smith, Toronto Star "Several new lichen books have been published in the last few years, but none of them begins to match the comprehensiveness and beauty of this encyclopedic tome. . . . This book truly
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