Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 06/11/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/11/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

THE BOTANY OF DESIRE Michael Pollan An apple, a potato, the tulip and marijuana: This witty book tells the story of each from the plant's point of view. (Random House, $24.95)

A FINER END Deborah Crombie In this seventh tale about detectives Gemma and Duncan, the amorous duo puzzle out a mystery with pagan overtones. (Bantam, $23.95)

NEVER CHANGE Elizabeth Berg Myra, 51, is a nurse who finds herself caring for Chip, a former high school crush. Time for teen fantasies finally to be fulfilled. (Pocket, $23.95)

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