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Reviews Editorial reviews. Publisher Synopsis Lisa Shea Elle So thrilling to read is science writer David Quammen's essay collection that you actually experience moments of believing you have been transported to some of the ferocious or fairy-tale-like locales he reports on Tracing the steps of William Lanney through the Cradle Mountains.
I must say I was green with envy when I saw that Davis Quammen once received a quaint personal letter from Edward Abbey! I had to ponder just what genre this book belongs to. It is full of science, nature, anthropology, biographies, etymology, orthology, history, botany, humor, love, connections. Part of me wants to keep this book on my bookshelf to return to often, but instead, I can't wait to gift it on to another lover of life person that I know will smile as much as I did.
Thank you, David Quammen for this amazing journey through these essays, for leaving my head full of amazing images of history, people, places, and our natural wild world. I was raised in Montana and Idaho, I now frequent the rivers of Idaho, dipping my feet in as often as possible.
You made me smile, ponder, and escape. Favorite quotes: page "Zimmerman and Brown with their simpler schema had made a fundamental point: that the shape of a given tree represents an interaction between destiny and experience. Not the typical science writing of Quammen. Some of the essays are better defined as human-interest stories, which is at first misleading, given the title. However, they are still amusing and interesting reads. All in all, a good read that I am happy to add to my Quammen Collection. Oct 18, Don Kent rated it it was amazing.
This a marvelous collection of previously published essays by a talented author. Jul 10, Katie rated it it was amazing. Just one of my favorite reads on natural history and nature. Aug 23, Cojuja rated it it was amazing. That book was really wonderfull. Feb 04, Matt Mesa rated it really liked it. A series of previously published magazine pieces. Love Quammen.
The essay on Ed Abbey is worth it alone. Will make me re-read Desert Solitaire. This was an interested compilation of essays on various topics. Some were fascinating, others less so depended on my natural interest , but all were worth the time to think about. Apr 24, Blue rated it liked it. Quammen writes very short, often interesting essays in this book, but I found his all-American childhood, stories of his visits to the Cincinnati Zoo, the history of the old family house more captivating than the writing that directly concerns nature and wild things.
Sure, I learned some interesting tidbits of information about the coyotes of Los Angeles, and mountains lion hunting, but it all seemed too superficial. Some of the points he makes about the bioethics of zoos, ethics of hunting, and Quammen writes very short, often interesting essays in this book, but I found his all-American childhood, stories of his visits to the Cincinnati Zoo, the history of the old family house more captivating than the writing that directly concerns nature and wild things.
In fact, some essays seem more like summaries of what such-and-such expert said in this book and so-and-so believes than Quammen contributing anything new to the question at hand. So for a good intro to many bioethical arguments and interesting nature factoids, this is a great book.
For someone like me, it may be too light. Quammen's writing style is journalistic for sure, but I found that I wanted more humor, more a sense of direction, which he does not provide. I wanted a bit of Bryson or even Chatwin in there. Some of the articles certainly get lively with rather testy ethical issues, like the one about mountain lion hunting, so that was fun. This is a collection of essays from David Quammen, who writes for a variety of outdoor publications. The basic theme is nature. Most have been published in magazines. Some of the essays are interesting.
This is about the last This is a collection of essays from David Quammen, who writes for a variety of outdoor publications. This is about the last aboriginal family on Tasmania and how they hid out from the settlers for several years. Some of the essays were dated, and some were just not very interesting. Nov 28, Amalia rated it liked it. Not my favorite Quammen compilation, but there are a few gems in there. I thought that maybe I was just growing out of Quammen's writing since I have been reading his essays and books since high school, but in the end, David, I think it's you, not me.
I know more about telemark skiiing now than I ever cared to. For a long time Quammen walked a fine line between geeky-funny and geeky-creepy, and I'm afraid that he's now leapt bodily into the latter category. If I saw him walking down the street, Not my favorite Quammen compilation, but there are a few gems in there. If I saw him walking down the street, I might just pull my collar up, my hat down, and hope to pass by unnoticed.
Anything to avoid more unwelcome speculation on the cultural import of the stupid stupid telemark turn. Nov 20, J. I love Quammen's writing style. I have to say that this collection does leave a bit to be desired.
I think I didn't enjoy it as much as some of his other things because there is no overall structure. Its just a collection of pieces from different magazines and although his style is prevalent, the shortness of the pieces left me feeling incomplete. I think I would just stick to the b I love Quammen's writing style. I think I would just stick to the books and leave the articles to magazine lovers. Jun 17, Kathy rated it liked it. This book was a series of 23 essays by science and nature writer David Quammen. I loved the variety of the pieces as subjects ranged from the lives of coyotes living in Los Angeles to a walk taken by the author on Currawong Moor in Australia to "reaction wood" produced by trees to yes, the sex life of barnacles.
David Quammen has the gift of taking almost any subject and making it interesting. I'd recommend this book to anyone who would like to stop skimming the surface and pull back the veil to This book was a series of 23 essays by science and nature writer David Quammen.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who would like to stop skimming the surface and pull back the veil to dig a little deeper into the wonders of this world. Apr 30, Aram rated it really liked it.
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A fantastic book by a fantastic writer and thinker. This book makes me want to experience life more fully and not waste it. Quammen has a humility and sense of being that is wonderful. This comes across quickly in his stories and essays. I'm looking forward to reading more of his novels soon. I don't have a strong knowledge of science, physics and math so it was nice to read his stories where he was able to connect nature and science in a beautiful and simple addition to each other. Feb 24, Damon rated it liked it.
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