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'State Of Wonder' Deftly Twists, Turns Off The Map

Ann Patchett's new novel lives up to its name; critic Maureen Corrigan's one-word review: "Wow." Patchett masterfully weaves her story through uncharted geographic and literary territory, all the while unraveling a story about the awful price of love and the terror of its inevitable loss.


'Fordlandia': An Automaker's Failed Jungle Utopia

When Henry Ford bought up a Connecticut-sized chunk of land in the Amazon River basin in 1927, he wasn't just planning to build his own vertically-integrated rubber plantation — he also envisioned the small-town America of his youth, reborn in the jungle.


Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin.

Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin. He has a new book about what he learned about botany and medicine from the Medicine Men of the tropical rain forests. His new book is "Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice," published by Viking. (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane)


Documenting the Destruction of the Amazon Rain Forest

Filmmaker and writer Adrian Cowell spent much of the 1980s filming all the stakeholders affected by the deforestation of the Amazon -- including homesteaders, indigenous people, and government-supported ranchers. He's made a series of television documentaries and a new book about the experience, both called the Decade of Destruction.


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