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Gift (environmental studies, Chatham Univ.) sets out to discover what price we pay in creating landscapes that lack the variety found in nature. The book does not consist solely of arguments about the ecological harm done by herbicides or the spiritual harm caused by monotony. Instead, Gift turns inward as she explores her conflicted feelings about the definition of a weed, the proper use of weed controls (whether chemical or biological), and the suburban lifestyle. In a chatty narrative meandering through the seasons, Gift offers anecdotes of her academic training in weed science, her attempts to garden responsibly in suburbia, and recipes for a few edible weeds. She alludes to the burgeoning genre of lawn revolutionaries and suburban homesteaders but does not expect readers to convert their front yards to organic vegetable gardens or eat only locally grown food. Rather, she addresses other mindful yard owners who want to be more careful in their gardening without making a complete lifestyle change, and this book should appeal to those readers. Recommended for public libraries.