Praise

“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. But 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 at the Center for the Study of Human Health

“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

“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