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What made Amy Stewart leave garden bestsellers behind for the novel 'Girl Waits with Gun'?

What made Amy Stewart leave garden bestsellers behind for the novel 'Girl Waits with Gun'?

On her last book tour, Amy Stewart served specialty cocktails at her readings. It was only fitting for her book, "The Drunken Botanist," a historical tour of boozy plants. That was Stewart's fifth work of nonfiction; since 2001 she's been hitting bestseller lists with her quirky tales of the natural world with books that include "Wicked Plants" and "Flower Confidential." "We had so much fun," she says of that tour. But it was something of a farewell — for now, she's leaving nonfiction and gardens behind for an unexpected jaunt through Paterson, N.J., circa 1915. Stewart had become obsessed with the long-forgotten tale of the...

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