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Dutch reading: Two books on tulips

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Two books — one fact, one fiction — tell equally intriguing tales about the tulip in 17th century Holland. In Tulipomania (Three Rivers Press, $13.95), author Mike Dash explores the history of this fascinating flower and how it led to many a Dutch family’s financial ruin. Tulip Fever (Bantam Dell, $14) by Deborah Moggach is a fictional page-turner of a love story about an artist, a woman and the flower that will seal their fate.

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