New York, NY, April 25, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- “Mushrooms, Molds, and Miracles, The Strange Realm of Fungi,” by Lucy Kavaler, just republished in the Authors Guild Back-in-Print series of notable books, proves that a book about fungi can be compulsively readable. Sales soared the moment it reached the bookstores, and it has become a classic. As compelling as fiction, this book tells the incredible story of fungi and how they affect every one of us.
In “Mushrooms, Molds and Miracles,” the little-known kingdom of fungi is revealed as never before or since. Without the process of decay, life on earth would have ended almost as soon as it began. The humble potato blight that brought the Irish to this continent and the Penicillium mold that changed medical history are both fungi. There is not a person whose life is not changed - sometimes for good, sometimes for ill - by fungi.
“Have Roquefort cheese with a fine wine and you’ll be ready for love,” said Casanova. Both the wine and the cheese are made with fungi, as are whiskey, beer and bread. “I felt like a flower just starting to bloom.” That is the mind drug madness displayed in the chapter on hallucinogenic mushrooms and LSD.
“Mushrooms, Molds, and Miracles” takes the reader on the hunt for mushrooms and the prized truffle, tells of life-threatening and nuisance fungal infections and of fungi’s importance in the search for life on other planets.
Author of 17 books, Lucy Kavaler is known for writing about science as if it were the plot for a novel. Her books appear on Best Books of the Year lists, in hardcover and foreign editions and are excerpted in anthologies and major magazines.
Order Mushrooms, Molds, and Miracles at Barnes&Noble.com or your local bookstore. ISBN 0-595-43679-X, 320 pages, $22.95
Contact: Lucy Kavaler firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: www.lucykavaler.com
“This superb book does for fungi what Audubon did for birds, Rachel Carson for the sea, Gibbon for the Roman Empire... and Freud for the psyche,"-- New Haven Register.
“A fascinating,ambitious book,” wrote Time in its lead review.
“A masterly feat.” -- Washington Post.