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Plants for People.
Anna Lewington. 1990. Oxford University Press, Inc., 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. 232 pp. Hardcover. $39.95. ISBN 0-19-520840-4.

Anna Lewington shows us the importance of plants in everyday life from flavoring for toothpaste to material for car tires. The book includes seven major chapters treating such subjects as recreation, transportation, health, shelter, food, and cosmetics. It is packed with fascinating details in a readable, entertaining style, along with dozens of quality color photographs depicting source plants, theft cultures of origin, and uses. This is an engrossing work that brings information on useful plants from around the world to a broad audience.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.