25 May 2012

Imprint Friday: The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart

Welcome to Imprint Friday and today's featured imprint: Algonquin Books. Stop by each week to be introduced to a must-read title from one of my favorite imprints. I know you'll be adding many of these books to your wish list.

Have you ever thought about what goes on deep in the ground under your grassy yard? Amy Stewart did, and what she discovered was the world of worms. In The Earth Moved, Stewart focuses on one of the hardest-working organisms on the planet.

Here's part of the publisher's summary:

The Earth Moved has moved reviewers across the country. In witty, offbeat style, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure and introduces us to our planet’s most important gatekeeper: the humble earthworm. It’s true that the earthworm is small, spineless, and blind, but its effect on the ecosystem is profound, moving Charles Darwin to devote his last years to studying its remarkable attributes and achievements.

With the august scientist as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the earthworm’s astonishing realm, talks to oligochaetologists who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex web of life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden.
Most of us don't spend a lot of time thinking about worms. We might notice them on the sidewalk after a heavy rain or watch them burrow down when we've turned over a flower bed, but that's about it. Amy Stewart, a gardener, became curious about the bait worms she put into her composting bin. In The Earth Moved, she shares what she learned from personal observations, research, and conversations with earthworm scientists and how she gained a fresh perspective on our wiggly friends.

To give you an idea of the scope of The Earth Moved, here are just a few things I learned about worms:
  • Geologists use earthworm taxonomy to help their studies of plate tectonics.
  • Anglers who use earthworms may have a negative effect on the environment.
  • Earthworms are vegans.
  • Darwin believed earthworms were analytical.
  • Ecologists use earthworms to monitor pollution.
Stewart elaborates on these topics and discusses many other ways that worms affect our daily lives. You might be aware that farmers and gardeners depend on worms to do their job of transforming decayed vegetable matter into fertile soil, but you might not realize that without worms our planet would be a very different place.

Because Stewart's fascination with worms originated from her gardening avocation, the book ends with information on how to make your own mini worm farm, resources for obtaining supplies, and a bibliography for further reading.

Last summer I told you about Amy Stewart's Wicked Bugs, and perhaps next summer I'll introduce you to her Wicked Plants. In the meantime, as you plant your gardens this year remember to say thank you to the worms you dig up.

The Earth Moved was re-released this year with updated resources. It won the 2005 California Horticultural Society's Writer's Award and was a Discovery Channel Book Club Selection. To learn more about worms and Amy Stewart, visit her website. There, you'll also find a sample chapter, resources, and some cool video and radio clips.

Algonquin Books
is a featured imprint on Beth Fish Reads. For more information about the imprint, please read Executive Editor Chuck Adams's introductory letter, posted here on January 7, 2011.

The Earth Moved at Powell's
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Published by Workman / Algonquin Books, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781565124684


Daryl 5/25/12, 7:33 AM  

I actually know someone who would love this book ... thanks!!

bermudaonion 5/25/12, 9:29 AM  

How interesting! I bet my mom would enjoy this one!

Unknown 5/25/12, 9:41 AM  

I'm recommending this one to my boyfriend. He loves reading nonfiction and this one sounds really interesting. Thanks!

Zibilee 5/25/12, 10:19 AM  

Nonfiction about animals and nature are some of my favorite books. I need more recommendations like this, because frankly, this book sounds fascinating. I also loved the little factoids you shared with us. I am so buying this book. Great review today!

caite 5/25/12, 12:42 PM  

I am sure worms are very important..love to see earthworms in the garden..but not sure I want to spend hours reading about them.

Nise' 5/25/12, 1:20 PM  

We are thinking about what goes on underground as chipmunks are reeking havoc under our pool! I don't like them, but do like earthworms! ;o)

chrisa511 5/26/12, 1:52 AM  

I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now! Amy Stewart is one of those authors that I absolutely love but haven't even read, lol. I just love the subjects that she writes about.

Karen White 5/26/12, 10:16 AM  

I want to get this book! I've been "saving" worms swept onto wet sidewalks since I was a kid, and now my girls to it, too. Worms are fascinating.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 5/26/12, 2:13 PM  

I haven't read this yet. I'm sure I'd love it. My compost pile is filled with worms and yeah, they are vegans. My backyard robins love them too.

Peppermint Ph.D. 5/27/12, 11:00 AM  

I usually like books like this...and I'm going to add it to my WishList :) I've found the more I learn about icky topics, the less icky they seem. Worms are definitely on my icky list ;)

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