Amy Stewart (writer)

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Amy Stewart
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Notable worksWicked Plants and The Drunken Botanist

Amy N. Stewart is an American author best known for books on horticulture and the natural world.[1]


Stewart grew up in Arlington, Texas, with her father, the musician Vic Stewart, who toured with Doc Severinsen’s road band; her mother, Dee Stewart, who had a career in public relations;[1] and her younger brother, Jason Stewart, who is a film and television editor.[2] She graduated from Arlington High School and received a B.A. degree in anthropology and a master's in community and regional planning (MSCRP) from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but co-owns an antiquarian bookstore in Eureka, California.[3] Stewart is a co-founder of the gardening blog Garden Rant.

Poison plants are a hobby of hers,[4] and her poison plant garden is included in Popular Mechanics's list of the 18 strangest gardens in the world.[5]


  • From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden. Algonquin Books (2001) ISBN 1-56512-240-2; St. Martin's Press (2001) ISBN 978-0-312-28767-2. A memoir of the author's experiences gardening in Santa Cruz, California.
  • The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms (2004). Algonquin Books ISBN 1-56512-468-5. A natural history of the earthworm. This book earned the author a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.[6]
  • Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful (2008). Algonquin Books ISBN 978-1-56512-603-9. A survey of the global flower business. This book appeared on the extended New York Times bestseller list on March 4, 2007.[7]
  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities (2009). Algonquin Books ISBN 978-1-56512-683-1. Illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs. A compendium of poisonous, invasive, and illegal plants. This book reached #8 on the New York Times bestseller list.[8]
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects (2011). Algonquin Books ISBN 978-1-56512-960-3. Illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs. A compendium of poisonous, painful, and invasive insects.
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks (2013). Algonquin Books. ISBN 978-1-61620-046-6. Winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Judge's Award in 2014.[9]
  • Girl Waits With Gun (2015). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-544-40991-0. An historical novel based on the lives of Constance Kopp and her sisters Norma and Fleurette.[10]
  • Lady Cop Makes Trouble (2016). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN 978-0-544-40994-1. Second book in the Kopp Sisters series; a sequel to Girl Waits With Gun. Constance Kopp tracks down an escaped prisoner.[11]
  • Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (2017). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN 978-0-544-40999-6. Third book in the Kopp Sisters series; Stewart addresses the practice of arresting young women on morality charges.[12][13]
  • Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit (2018). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-1-328-73651-2. The fourth book in the Kopp Sisters series follows Constance Kopp and her sisters during a contentious local election.[14]


  1. ^ a b Wadler, Joyce (2009-05-20). "At Home With Amy Stewart: Warning: Paralysis May Result". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  2. ^ Jason Stewart - IMDb
  3. ^ Baker, Jeff. "Author of 'Kopp Sisters' historical crime fiction series now calls Portland home". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  4. ^ Teichner, Martha (2009-08-02). "Pretty Poison: Plants to Die For". CBS News. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  5. ^ Sweeney, Chris. "The World's 18 Strangest Gardens". Archived from the original on 20 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  6. ^ "Amy Stewart". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  7. ^ "Best Sellers, March 4, 2007". The New York Times. 2007-03-04. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  8. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (2009-08-23). "Hardcover Advice". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  9. ^ "IACP News". Chicago Tribune. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  10. ^ "Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart". Kirkus Reviews. 2015-05-07. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  11. ^ LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE by Amy Stewart | Kirkus Reviews.
  12. ^ "Fall 2017 Announcements: Literary Fiction". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  13. ^ "Miss Kopp's Midnight Confession review: Amy Stewart's female deputy sheriff". Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  14. ^ MISS KOPP JUST WON'T QUIT by Amy Stewart | Kirkus Reviews.

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