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Cover Story - April 4, 2014

Young adults, first place: Botany for Beginners

by Hannah Knowles

On the day leading up to my sister's birth, I carried around a glossy paperback called Botany for Beginners. At the time I was ten years old and obsessed with plants. An orderly child, I loved the study of life, the way it fell into a beautiful tree of categories. The prokaryotes and the eukaryotes, the animal kingdom, the different families of mushrooms. Phylum. Species. Latin names like incantations.

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