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Wonderful Weeds and Various Varmints: The Natural World in Our Backyards and Beyond by Bob Collier

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This is a collection of articles that Bob Collier has written for East Tennessee’s Shopper News. The book is divided into sections that follow the four seasons, each depicting joyful jaunts from Collier’s own four seasons of life. Here Collier explores spring gardening with his grandmother, summer fireflies, fall colors from trees and vegetables, and winter’s chilly outdoor adventures. Collier is retired from practicing general surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville. His column was initially on bird watching but expanded to encompass all of nature. 

Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2018. 341 pages with an Index, Bibliography, Suggested Reading, an Introduction by Bill Nickle, and illustrations by Gale Hinton. Trade paperback