"Step into a world that, until now, you've only stepped on."
In The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane (Sasquatch Books; December 2010; $14.95), Northwest naturalist David George Gordon shares the lessons we can learn from the lowliest of invertebrates. The book also serves as a field guide to these fascinating, oft-reviled but poorly understood creatures.
Snails and slugs are more than mere garden pests; in fact they have shaped world history. Snail farming dates back to 50 BC in Rome, and soldiers in Napoleon's army carried tinned snail meats for emergency rations.
Covering everything from snail sex to the importance of slugs in the forest ecosystem, this book takes readers through a magical world that is seldom glimpsed by humans. Including short essays like "Grow Your Own Escargot" and "Life-Saving Secrets in Slug Slime," this handsomely illustrated book is chock-full of information, while remaining fresh, insightful and humorous.
An indispensable guide for any gardener, backyard explorer or innately curious soul, The Secret World of Slugs and Snails is packed full of facts, stories, poems, and tips on coexisting with these slimesters in our flower gardens and vegetable patches.
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