Quiet Extinction coverIn her previous book, Out of Nature; Why Drugs from Plants Matter to the Future of Humanity, Kara Rogers sought – and in my opinion brilliantly succeeded – in drawing attention to the link between some of biomedicine’s most dramatic and significant discoveries, and the importance of the conservation of the planet’s plant diversity.

Now, in The Quiet Extinction; Stories of North America’s Rare and Threatened Plants, she appears to be picking up where she left off in Out of Nature in bringing to light the precarious existence of a number of plant species throughout the continent that are – as the title so poignantly states – quietly slipping out of existence.