The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Anne Biklé is a biologist and environmental planner. Her career spans the fields of environmental stewardship, habitat restoration, and public health. The Hidden Half of Nature is her first book.
David R. Montgomery is a professor of Earth and space sciences at the University of Washington. He studies the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He received a BS from Stanford University (1984, geology) and a PhD from UC Berkeley (1991, geomorphology). His field studies have included projects in the Philippines, eastern Tibet, South America, California, and the Pacific Northwest of North America. In 2008 Montgomery received a MacArthur Fellowship. His books Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, and The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood have all won the Washington State Book Award in General Nonfiction. Montgomery's latest book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson award for Literary Science Writing. His books have been translated into nine languages.


[A] transformative read.--Tom Philpott
One of the year's best books on gardens and health.--Jim McCausland
Montgomery and Biklé argue that when we farm and when we eat, we're feeding a diverse community of microorganisms. This book is sure to become a game-changing guide to the future of good food and healthy landscapes.--Dan Barber, chef and author of The Third Plate
A great read, opening up for nonscientists the microbial world that underlies all life. You will see your body and the world around you in exciting new ways.--Sandor Ellix Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation
Reads like a fast-paced novel but tells the true story of the workings of soils, and even our own bodies.--Neil Shubin, author of The Universe Within
[A] beautifully synthesized scientific memoir.--Barbara Kiser
A stunningly clever book that connects the tiny dots of the microbial world. I will never ignore my microbes again.--Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Hidden Half of Nature offers a wonderfully fresh and exquisitely informed approach that could change how we relate to ourselves, our diets, our gardens and our world.--Tim McNulty