Arboretum Library August E-News

 Hello all and welcome newcomers:The link below shows a nice selection of the new items.  Two of the three websites are from herbaria.  These libraries of dried plant materials are rich in information about what grows in a particular place.  The Flora of Baja project is wonderfully comprehensive.  I liked the photographs showing various agaves in habitat. New books, articles and website listsLibrary volunteer, Pam Wolken, shares her thoughts on one of our new books:”Hothouse Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire by Margot Berwin (New York: Pantheon Books, c2009) is a coming-of-age story of animism, transmutation and mysticism in the spirit of Mutant Message Down Under with plants.  New York advertising woman Lila Grace Nova is recovering from a divorce in a spare, small white box of an apartment when she comes under the spell of plantsman David Exley who provides her with a bird of paradise and launches her fascination with tropical plants.  Armand, the plantsman of the Laundromat and his wife, Sonali, complete the core cast for Lila’s journey through the Yucatan jungle; all motivated by the nine plants of the title, of course.  There is a tenth plant, and unnamed passion flower held out like the seed of a sequel.These nine form the basis of all human desires and fulfillment in the best traditions of anthropomorphism: gloxinia for love at first sight, sinsemilla is female sexuality, etc.  Lila’s quest for the nine, the healing and destroying powers of them, and the use of them by traditional cultures start out as a thought-provoking soul searching that quickly becomes a bodice-ripping tale of lust, dancing on the line between love and death.  For those who appreciate a healthy dose of fantasy with a lively fictional tale, this is a book for a summertime afternoon when it’s steamy as the jungle.”You can hunt for our other fiction selections that are plant related by searching the keyword “fiction”.  Try that with the link below.  Arboretum Library Online CatalogMany thanks to those of you who have used our wish lists as a way to help us build our collections.  The wish lists have moved to a new area on our new website: .  Scroll down the page to the section titled “Give to the Arboretum Library.”  I am still dividing the lists between children’s books and books for adults. Have fun looking through my forthcoming acquisitions list.Our current exhibition in the Library Reading Room is all about mushrooms.  Come and visit, especially during our expanded weekend hours.The Arboretum Library hours for August are as follows:Open Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Open Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Open Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.From Tuesday to Friday, August 11 to August 14, the Arboretum Library will be open 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m.Remember we are circulating to Arboretum members.  The circulation period for books is 3 weeks with 2 renewals if no one else wants the item.  You can renew by e-mail, phone or in person, but not on the online catalog.  The circulation period for current magazines is 3 days with 2 renewals if no one else wants the item.Our Botanical Information Consultants (for plant advice) are currently available seven days a week. or or 626-821-3239.Happy reading!  Susan C. Eubank Arboretum Librarian Arboretum Library Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden 301 North Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, California 91007 626-821-3213 626-821-4642 (fax)

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