Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart


Available Here! – Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I love these types of book – lots of random, interesting information and crazy stories to go along with them!  I listened to this on audio – I would really like to own this book at some point as it has illustrations in it!  If listening to this on audio – make sure you’re not super multitasking as you will definitely get lost! Listening on audio was a little tough too when I went to google some of the plants she talked about – it was hard to sound out and spell the plants haha!  She also has another book called The Drunkin’ Botanist and many others that I want to read!

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In this book, Amy takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother).

Then, if you get to purchase the book – menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.


Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew


Available Here! – Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

You may know of the name Kate Mulgrew from her movie role as Captain Janeway on Star Trek or “Red” on Orange is the New Black.  I’m going to be honest with you, I had no idea who she was when first read this book, it was the title that interested me as well as the subject of adoption talked about in some of the reviews.  This was a good story, Kate is a good story teller.

Kate was literally….born with teeth.  She grew up Irish Catholic with poetry, acting and drama in her veins.  Her mother was an artist but never seemed to become anything with it as she had children and that took a lot of her time.  Kate saw this as the consequences of a “dream deferred”.   Kate decided to live her own dream and at 18, left the Midwest to head to New York to use her talents.

At age 22, just as her career was taking off she became pregnant and gave birth to a little girl.  Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a quick glimpse of her daughter.  As she continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and yet fulfilling, love affairs, life-saving friendships, and tireless work. Through it all, Kate remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life.