Author: Howard Schatz
Author: Tom Baril
Author: Geoffrey Burnie, Sue Forrester, Denise Greig, Sarah Guest, Michelle Harmony
Publisher: Hf Ullmann
This extensive reference work provides background information, concrete advice, and botanical know-how essential for gardening.
Author: Tim Taranto
A moving meditation on grief, memory, and the way we return to ourselves after experiencing loss.
Author: Sandu Publications
Publisher: Gingko Press
Many have discovered the joys of living with indoor plants. They contribute not only to a healthier environment, but with proper styling, add a nice element to interior design schemes. For some living in more urban settings it is a matter of necessity as home gardens are rare. For others living in more rural or suburban surroundings it is a matter of choice. Aesthetica Botanica visits the homes of artists, florists, gardeners and other plant enthusiasts who exemplify green living and are happy to share their stories and tips on caring for and decorating with plants. With handy chapters on green plants, cacti and succulents, and flowers, this book caters to any inclination providing practical information alongside stunning photographs.
Author: Joseph M. Murphy
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Botánicas is an exploration in text and photographs of spiritual shops found in Latino neighborhoods throughout the United States. Readers discover these marvelous spaces and their alternative spiritualities that help patrons cope with the grind and challenges of city life. Botánicas provide access to an array of invisible powers and sell the ingredients to construct symbolic solutions to their patrons’ problems. The stores are bright and baroque, and the powers they invoke come from religious traditions in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the native Americas. In Botánicas, Joseph M. Murphy offers a cultural history of the devotions on display and a reflection on the efficacy of their powers to heal. Readers will come to see that the goods and devotions of botánicas give their patrons—mostly Latino, often immigrants—pathways for empowerment and transformation. The name botánicas comes from the “botanicals” for sale, herbs and plants with healing powers. The pharmacopeia of botánicas can be vast, and owners may know hundreds of remedies for treating problems of health, wealth, and love. Botánicas vend herbs for upset stomach, herbs for finding a job, and herbs for wooing back a wayward spouse. Supplementing these medicinal and magical plants, botánicas sell candles, holy statues, and tools for devotion to an array of spiritual powers—Catholic saints, African gods, indigenous spirits, and Asian divinities. Each spirit has its own ritual of petition, and botánica owners can discern the proper offerings and prayers to help the supplicant. Murphy explains the religions of the botánica with subtlety and sensitivity. He gives readers a deep sense of the contexts of the stores and a sophisticated analysis of the religious traditions that suffuse them. Visually fascinating, culturally rich, and religiously profound, Botánicas is a window into a world of beauty and power.
Linnaeus' Philosophia Botanica
Author: Carl von Linné, Stephen Freer
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
The eighteenth-century botanist Carl von Linné, more commonly known as Linnaeus, was the inventor of the binary nomenclature now standard in biology. His Philosophia Botanica represents a key stage in the evolution of the scientific classification and naming of plants, and is a classic in the history of science and botany. Amazingly, no complete translation into English has been undertaken since 1775 prior to this edition.
Author: Diana De Luca
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
A playful and provocative guide to the history and use of the world's classic aphrodisiacs, this book includes easy recipes for food, lotions, and potions designed to please the senses, and includes chapters on erotic massage, touch, and belly dance. 72 illustrations, 32 in color.
This book offers the first collected works of the poetry of Piero Heliczer, an important underground poet, filmmaker, actor (Flaming Creatures), musician (he was present in seminal jams which evolved into the Velvet Underground) and small press publisher (Dead Language Press). Adapting Apollinaire's ambulatory present-tense notations to the postwar landscapes of London and New York, and projecting them through a delicate and humorous sensibility, Heliczer fashioned some of the greatest poems of the 1960s and 1970s, which are collected here for the first time.
Botánica Los Angeles
Author: Patrick Arthur Polk, Donald Cosentino
Publisher: University of California Museum of
Material expressions of spiritual belief are integral components of the Los Angeles landscape. Cathedrals, temples, churches, and shrines dot the city, but they are not the only sites where notions of the divine, or at least the supernatural, are made visible. Reflecting the broad ethnic and cultural reconfiguration of Southern California in recent years, botánicas have emerged as one of the most frequent purveyors of sacramental items. This book explores these fascinating venues and their role in transmitting, transforming, and critiquing traditional faiths. An ever-evolving combination of spiritual center, religious supply house, and alternate healthcare facility, the botánica is generally associated with folk Catholicism and other Latin American religious traditions. Vivid photographs and essays describe these sites of spirit-infused artistry, ceremonial activity, and community building.