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NAMA Book Reviews

Our reviews provide a useful tool for deciding which of the most recently published mycological related books would be useful for your skill level and interests, and which would be the most valuable for your library. We often provide a link to the publisher's website.

NAMA’s Editorial and Literature Committee is responsible for providing reviews of books, DVDs and other electronic media, software programs, and smartphone apps for the society’s newsletter, The Mycophile. A selection of previously published reviews is available below.

Publishers and authors desiring to have their works reviewed, NAMA members with suggestions for reviews, and NAMA members wishing to do a review should contact Barbara Ching by email, to make the necessary arrangements.

Amanitas of North America

Britt A. Bunyard and Jay Justice
The FUNGI Press. 2020.
Hardcover, 336 pages
ISBN 978-0-578-67572
$60.00 USD

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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Merlin Sheldrake
Random House. 2020.
Hardcover, 368 pages
ISBN 9780525510314
$28.00

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Koji Alchemy: Rediscovering the Magic of Mold-Based Fermentation

Rich Shih and Jeremy Umansky
Chelsea Green Publishing. 2020.
Hardcover, 335 pages
ISBN 9781603588683
$34.95

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Polypores of the Mediterranean Region

Annarosa Bernicchia and Sergio Perez Gorjón
Romar SRI, 2020
Hardcover, 904 pages
ISBN: 978-88-96182-14-7
€95 (~$110) plus shipping; bank transfer and PayPal accepted
Order from: www.romar-editrice.it (info@romar-editrice.it) or the first author (corticia.polypores@gmail.com)

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Fungi of Temperate Europe

Thomas Læssøe and Jens H. Petersen
Princeton University Press (press.princeton.edu). 2019.
ISBN (two-volume set): 978-0-691-18037-3 (hardbound, 7.5 × 11.5 in., 1715 pages)
$145.00

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Fungipedia: A Brief Compendium of Mushroom Lore

Lawrence Millman (Author) and Amy Jean Porter (Illustrator)
Princeton University Press. 2019.
ISBN 9780691194721
$16.95 / £9.99

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Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States:
A Field Guide to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida

Alan E. Bessette, Arleen R. Bessette, and David P. Lewis
University of Texas Press. 2019.
Paperback, 576 pages.
https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/bessette-lewis-mushrooms-of-the-gulf-coast-states
ISBN 978-1-4773-1815-7

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Mushrooms of the Northwest: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms

Teresa Marrone and Drew Parker
Adventure Publications, Cambridge, MN. 2019.
www.adventurepublications.net / 1-800-678-7006
ISBN 978-1-59193-792-0 (296 pages, softcover, $16.95)

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The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning

Long Litt Woon
Random House, 2019
320 pages
ISBN 9781984801036
$26.00 USD

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The Allure of Fungi

Alison Pouliot
CSIRO Publishing. 2018
www.publish.csiro.au/book/7790
Distributor in the Americas: Stylus Publishing (www.styluspub.presswarehouse.com)
ISBN: 9781486308583, Paperback, 280 pages
AU $49.99 / $39.95 from Stylus

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A Field Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America

Daniel Winkler and Robert Rogers
Mushroaming Publications. 2018.
Copies can be purchased at www.mushroaming.com. for U.S. residents and for Canadians at http://www.selfhealdistributing.com/
$10 US, $12 Canadian

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A Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Carolinas

Alan E. Bessette, Arleen R. Bessette, and Michael W. Hopping
The University of North Carolina Press (www.uncpress.org). 2018.
Paperback, 432 pages
ISBN 978-1-4696-3853-9
$30.00

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How to Change Your Mind

Michael Pollan
Penguin Press. 2018.
ISBN 9780735224155 (Paperback, 480 pages)
ISBN 9781594204227 (Hardcover, 464 pages)
$18.00 (Paperback) / $28.00 (Hardcover)

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The Mushroom Hunter’s Kitchen: Reimagining Comfort Food with a Chef Forager

Chad Hyatt
Chestnut Fed Books. 2018.
ISBN-10: 1732757100
ISBN-13: 978-1732757103
https://www.themushroomhunterskitchen.com, $28.00

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Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic

Bill Russell
Penn State University Press (www.psupress.org). 2017.
Paperback, 284 pages
ISBN 978-0-271-07780-2
$24.95

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The Genius Plague

David Walton
Pyr. 2017.
Paperback, 384 pages
ISBN 978-1-63388-343-7

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Mushrooms of the Georgia Piedmont & Southern Appalachians

Mary L. Woehrel and William H. Light
University of Georgia Press (www.ugapress.org). 2017.
Hardcover, 664 pages
ISBN 978-0-8203-5003-5
$59.95

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Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

Timothy J. Baroni
Timber Press (https://www.timberpress.com/). 2017.
Timber Press Field Guide
Flexibind, 600 pages, 562 color photos
ISBN-13: 978-1-60469-634-9
$27.95

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Boletes of Eastern North America

Alan E. Bessette, William C. Roody, Arleen R. Bessette
Syracuse University Press (http://www.syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/). 2016.
ISBN: 978-0-8156-3482-9 (hardcover, 471 pages)
ISBN 978-0-8156-1074-8 (paper, 471 pages)
$150 (hardcover) / $69.95 (paper)

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The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat

The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat

Cathy L. Cripps, Vera S. Evenson, and Michael Kuo
University of Illinois Press. 2016
272 pages
www.press.illinois.edu
ISBN 978-0-252-03996-6 (Hardcover), $95.00
ISBN 978-0-252-08146-0 (Paper), $29.95

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Field Guide to the Lichens of White Rocks (Boulder, Colorado)

Erin A. Tripp
University Press of Colorado (https://upcolorado.com/). 2016.
Paperback, 170 pages.
ISBN 978-1-60732-553-6
$21.95 (paper) / $17.95 (e-book) / $5.99 (30-day e-book rental)

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Fungi: A Very Short Introduction

Nicholas P. Money
Oxford University Press (www.oup.com/us). 2016.
Paperback, 137 pages
ISBN 978-0-19-968878-4
$11.95

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Mycelial Mayhem: Growing Mushrooms for Fun, Profit, and Companion Planting

David and Kristin Sewak
New Society Publishers (www.newsociety.com). 2016.
Paperback, 269 pages.
ISBN 978-0-86571-814-2
List price $29.95

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Polypores of British Columbia (Fungi: Basidiomycota)

James Ginns
Technical Report 104, Province of British Columbia (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development). 2017
ISBN 978-0-7726-7053-3 (paper, spiral-bound)
ISBN 978-0-7726-7054-0 (digital), 260 pages
CAN $67.78 (print-on-demand). Order from https://www.crownpub.bc.ca/ (search polypores or 7680003560 [the product number] in their online catalog). PDF available for free download at https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/docs/TR/TR104.pdf.

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The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing and Using Magic Mushrooms

Virginia Haze and Dr. K. Mandrake, PhD
Green Candy Press (www.greencandypress.com). 2016.
Paperback, 358 pages
ISBN 978-1-937866-28-0
$30.00

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Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Vera Stucky Evenson and Denver Botanic Gardens
Timber Press Field Guide
Timber Press. (timberpress.com) 2015
Plasticized Softcover, 298 pages, $27.95
ISBN 978-1-60469-576-2

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Ascomycete Fungi of North America: A Mushroom Reference Guide

Ascomycetes of North America

Michael W. Beug, Alan E. Bessette and Arleen R. Bessette
University of Texas Press. The Corrie Herring Hooks Series. 2014
Hardcover, 472 pages
http://utpress.utexas.edu/ | 800.2522.3026
http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/beuasc
ISBN 978-0-292-75452-2

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The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms: Simple and Advanced Techniques for Growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lion's Mane, and Maitake Mushrooms at Home

The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms

Stephen Russell
Storey Publishing. 2014
Paperback, 232 pages
www.storey.com | 413.346.2100
www.storey.com
ISBN 978-1-61212-146-8

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Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest:
A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms

Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest

Teresa Marrone and Kathy Yerich
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Adventure Publications (March 13, 2014)
www.adventurepublications.net / 1-800-678-7006
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1591934176
ISBN-13: 978-1591934172

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The Wild Mushroom Cookbook: Recipes from Mendocino

The Wild Mushroom Cookbook: Recipes from Mendocino

Alison Gardner and Marry Winslow
Barefoot Naturalist Press. Mendocino, CA. 2014
Paperback, 272 pages
ISBN 978-0990440000

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The Kingdom of Fungi

The Kingdom of Fungi

Jens H. Petersen
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0691157545
ISBN-13: 978-0691157542

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Mushroom: A Global History

Global History of Fungi

Cynthia D. Bertelsen
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Reaktion Books (November 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 178023175X
ISBN-13: 978-1780231754

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Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and the Midwestern States: A Resource Handbook

mushrooms and macrofungi of Ohio

Landon H. Rhodes, Britt A. Bunyard, Walter E. Sturgeon,
Sarah D. Ellis Williams, Introduction by C. Wayne Ellett

The Ohio State University Extension Bulletin 942, 2013
163 pages; spiral bound
Available at Ohio State University EStore

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Tricholomas of North America: A Mushroom Field Guide

Tricholomas of North America

Alan E. Bessette, Arleen R. Bessette, William C. Roody and Steven A. Trudell
University of Texas Press. The Corrie Herring Hooks Series. 2013
Paperback, 186 pages
http://utpress.utexas.edu/ | 800.2522.3026
http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/bestri
ISBN 978-0-292-74233-8

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Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America

Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America

R. Michael Davis, Robert Sommer, and John A. Menge
University of California Press, 2012
472 pages, http://www.ucpress.edu/
ISBN 978-0-520-27107-4 (cloth, $70.00)
ISBN 978-0-520-27108-1 (paper, $26.95)

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Fungicidal Tendencies (Review of FUNGI)

Fungi

Edited by Orrin Grey and Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Innsmouth Free Press, 2012
Paperback: Anthology, 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0991675937

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Mushrooms: The Natural and Human World of British Fungi

Mushrooms, The natural and human world of British Fungi

Peter Marren
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: British Wildlife Publishing Ltd (26 Oct. 2012)
British Wildlife Publishing (www.britishwildlife.com)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0956490239
ISBN-13: 978-0956490230

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The Outer Spores: Mushrooms of Haida Gwaii

mushrooms of haida gwaii

Paul Kroeger, Bryce Kendrick, Oluna Ceska, and Christine Roberts
Publisher: Mycologue Publications (www.mycolog.com) and Haida Gwaii Museum, 2012
189 pages,
ISBN 978-0-9692237-3-3

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Kingdom of Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens

Kingdom of  Fungi, Stevenson

Steven L. Stevenson
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Timber Press; 1 edition (April 21, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0881928917

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The Macrolichens of New England

macrolichens of new england

James W. Hinds and Patricia L. Hinds
Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, Vol. 96
Hardcover: 608 pages
The New York Botanical Garden Press, 2007
Web: http://www.nybgpress.org
ISBN 978-0893274771

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Fungi in Forest Ecosystems: Systematics, Diversity, & Ecology

Cathy L. Cripps, Editor
Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, Vol. 89
Hardcover: 363 pages
Publisher: The New York Botanical Garden Press (June 30, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0893274593

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