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


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$17.95  $16.69
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.8 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 at the University of Washington and a 2008 MacArthur Fellow.


[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