This rare 18th century book on botany is on display at the Herbarium library of London's Royal Botanic Gardens. Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images
Ferns for American Gardens by John T. Mickel --- Classic book on hardy ferns features 360 photos, source lists, but also plenty of useful advice on growing ferns. American Horticultural Society chose it as one of 75 Great American Garden Books.
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The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett: The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.