The Society for Economic Botany

Fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people.

Books Needing Reviewers


Books Needing Review   |   Instructions for Reviewer   |   Submitting a Book for Review

If you see a book you would like to review, make your request to Book Review Editor.

REVIEW POLICY: Because of problems with a few reviewers, there is a strict review policy. Those asking to review these books are thereby agreeing to this policy. Reviewers who do not return reviews to me according to schedule will be given three options:

  1. provide a review,
  2. pay the going rate for the book so we can replace it, or
  3. send the book back to the book review editor ASAP.

Reviewers needed for:

Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human. Böhme, Madelaine, Rüdiger Braun, and Florian Breier, translated by Jane Billinghurst. 2021. Greystone Books, Vancouver, Canada. 376 pp. (hardcover). CAD 34.95. ISBN 978-1-77164-751-9.

Cherry. Kirker, Constance L., and Mary Newman. 2021. Reaktion Books, London, United Kingdom, distributed by University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois. 207 pp. (hardcover). GBP 16.00, USD 27.00. ISBN 978-1-78914-282-2.

Edible and Medicinal Plants of Southwest Alaska. Yungcautnguuq Nunam Qainga Tamarmi - All the Land’s Surface is Medicine. Fienup-Riordan, Ann, Alice Rearden, Marie Meade, Kevin Jernigan, and Jacqueline Cleveland. 2020. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, Alaska. xxii + 346 pp. (paperback). USD 28.95. ISBN 978-1-60223422-2.

Ethnobotany of Palau: Plants, People & Island Culture, volumes 1 and 2. 2020. Balick, Michael J., and Ann Hillmann Kitalong, editors. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York, and Belau National Museum, Koror, Pelau. xiv + 616 pp. (paperback). USD 49.95 and 74.95. ISBN 978-8-68501255-5 and 979-8-68501786-4.

Extraordinary Orchids. Knapp, Sandra. 2021. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois. 160 pp. (hardcover). USD 30.00. ISBN 978-0-226-77967-6.

Field Guide to the Trees of the Gila Region of New Mexico. Felger, Richard Stephen, James Thomas Verrier, Kelly Kindscher, and Xavier Raj Herbst Khera. 2021. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico. xiv + 256 pp. (paperback). USD 24.95. ISBN 978-0-8263-6237-7.

Lives of Weeds: Opportunism, Resistance, Folly. Cardina, John. 2021. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. xiv + 282 pp. (paperback). USD 24.95 ISBN 978-1-50175898-0. [PDF review copy.]

Safer Gardens: Plant Flammability and Planning for Fire. Corbett, Lesley. 2021. Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, Australia. vii + 425 pp. (paperback). AUD 55.00, USD 55.00. ISBN 978-1-922454-60-7.

The Plant Hunter. A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines. Quave, Cassandra Leah. 2021. Viking, New York City, New York. xii + 371 pp. (hardcover). USD 27.00. ISBN 978-1-98487911-0.



Updated as of August 9, 2021