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The Earth Moved

Nonfiction: Life Sciences / Zoology / Invertebrates
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/17/2012

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

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An “engrossing” (The Christian Science Monitor), “fascinating” (TimeOut New York), and “delightfully nuanced” (Entertainment Weekly) exploration of the world underground and one of its most amazing denizens.

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Product Description

They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

Inspired by Darwin, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure. Witty, offbeat, charming, and ever curious, she unearths the complex web of life beneath our feet and investigates the role earthworms play in cutting-edge science—from toxic cleanups to the study of regeneration.


“Stewart provides a well-informed gardener’s-eye view of the extraordinary achievements of earthworms—the movers of the earth. . . . Heather Henderson’s narration makes the topics sound friendly and familiar.”

“Stewart’s fascination with her subject is infectious, her writing as simple and sleek as the earthworm itself.”
           —San Francisco Chronicle

“Using Darwin’s research as a starting point, [Stewart] delves into their incredible abilities and offers useful tips for the green thumbs in her audience.”
          —Entertainment Weekly

Author Bio

AMY STEWART is the bestselling author of Wicked Plants and Wicked Bugs. Her essays and commentaries have appeared on NPR, in the New York Times, and in Fine Gardening, where she is a contributing editor. Stewart is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the American Horticultural Society’s 2010 Book Award. She lives in Eureka, California, where she and her husband own an antiquarian bookstore.

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