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The Botany of Desire

A Plant's-Eye View of the World

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On the sixth anniversary of its publication comes an unabridged edition of the national bestseller and "New York Times" Notable Book. Simultaneous with the trade paper edition of the author's latest book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma." Unabridged. 8 CDs.
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On the sixth anniversary of its publication comes an unabridged edition of the national bestseller and "New York Times" Notable Book. Simultaneous with the trade paper edition of the author's latest book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma." Unabridged. 8 CDs.
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Paperback (304 pages)
Published: May 28, 2002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780375760396
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