Natural Acts A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

ISBN-10: 0393333604
ISBN-13: 9780393333602
Edition: 2009
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Description: "David Quammen is simply the best natural essayist working today."--Tim Cahill, author ofLost in My Own Backyard "Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions,"  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

"David Quammen is simply the best natural essayist working today."--Tim Cahill, author ofLost in My Own Backyard "Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions," said David Quammen in the original introduction toNatural Acts. For more than two decades, he has stuck to that credo. In this updated version of his first essay collection, Quammen's lively curiosity leads him from New Mexico to Romania, from the Congo to the Amazon, asking questions about mosquitoes (what are their redeeming merits?), dinosaurs (how did they change the life of a dyslexic Vietnam vet?), and cloning (can it save endangered species?). This revised and expanded edition returns to print Quammen's best-loved "Natural Acts" columns, which first appeared inOutsidemagazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as "Planet of Weeds," an influentialHarper'scover story. The newNatural Actsis an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.

Writer David Quammen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and was later educated at both Yale and Oxford Universities. Quammen began his career by writing for The Christian Science Monitor, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Audubon, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Harpers Magazines. He wrote the novels The Soul of Viktor Tronko and The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, which won the 1997 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. He also received two National Magazine Awards for his column "Natural Acts" in Outside magazine.

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