Praise

“An enthralling account of an inspiring tragedy-to-triumph story about becoming a leading scientist in search of plants that heal. Highly recommended!”

—Mark J. Plotkin, President of the Amazon Conservation Team and author of Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice

“Cassandra Quave takes us on a fascinating and deeply personal journey to seek out modern medicines from the botanical world. As a scientist she is scrappy and tenacious, and as a writer she is eloquent and disarmingly honest. Fans of Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl will devour this engrossing narrative about Quave’s quest for the next cure.”

—Amy Stewart, bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist

“Cassandra Quave is a woman with incredible grit and courage.”

—Temple Grandin, bestselling author of Thinking in Pictures

“In The Plant Hunter, Cassandra Quave traces her fast-paced and barrier-breaking path to become a scientist, and takes us on a romp through jungles, swamps, deserts, and mountains in search of the holiest of botanical grails: tomorrow’s life-saving medicines. We need more scientists like Quave—resourceful, good-humored, and ready to solve Earth’s most pressing problems.”

—Daniel Stone, National Geographic writer and bestselling author of The Food Explorer

The Plant Hunter moved and amazed me. Cassandra Quave is flat-out heroic. We see her pursue her passion under grueling conditions that would make most of us blanch, even if we did not sport a prosthetic leg, as Quave does. Lance a boil on your own inflamed limb in the jungle as a college student on your first international research trip? Tote your first baby along as you conduct fieldwork essential for your doctoral research? And perhaps most challenging—juggle the demands of running two labs, securing grants, teaching and mentoring, and being a mother to three children? Quave does it all, and she shares her inspiring story with humor and grace.”

—Victoria Johnson, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of American Eden

“Like an intricate game, The Plant Hunter is a book that contains many books within it: a magical memoir and a journey of dogged discovery, a profound romance and a stirring call to action. Above all, it is an urgent plea to recover knowledge that has almost been lost to us, and to honor the untold generations whose ancient wisdom might save our lives.”

—Maryn McKenna, author of Big Chicken and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Human Health

“Be forewarned: there’s no putting this book down once you turn the first page! It’s an absolutely fascinating and remarkable account of one heroic woman’s personal journey into the healing power of plants, full of world travels, medical knowledge, plant wisdom, and scientific insights. Exceptionally well written, thought provoking and inspiring, this is adventure at its finest.”

—Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author of Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs