In this episode, Tegan, Ellen, Melissa and Judith talk about their favorite moments from one forensic botanist’s colorful memoir. Could it have used a discerning eye to make sure the chapters didn’t get cut off? Sure, but Spencer’s friendships, long hours in the mud, experiences with law enforcement and dark botanical descriptions ultimately charmed us.
This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, and Melissa read Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth A. Dauncey and Sonny Larsson. This book taught us so much about the best ways to murder people (green potatoes!) and also how to avoid being poisoned by our weirdest fellow terrestrials.