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'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 to Natural 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 expanded edition returns to print Quammen"s best-loved 'Natural Acts' columns, which first appeared in Outsidemagazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as 'Planet of Weeds,' an influential Harper"scover story. The new Natural Actsis an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.

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"Quammen's writing style is so delightful that his content could almost be secondary. Happily, the author (most recently of The Reluctant Mr. Darwin) and his subjects are equally engaging: from a light-hearted trope on crows, whom he surmises are 'too intelligent for their station in life'; to the dead-serious issue of human cloning, which he labels 'perniciously stupid'; to a harrowing 453-day adventure in a remote Congolese forest Quammen shared with explorer J. Michael Fay. A revised and expanded version of the out-of-print 1985 original, this volume reprints a number of Quammen's columns from Outside magazine along with more lengthy articles culled from sources like Audubon, National Geographic and Smithsonian, including a solid selection of his post-1985 work. In his introduction he describes the new version as 'a chimerical creature, like a griffin, bird-shaped in front with a mammalian caboose,' but his topics-and his tone-aren't always so whimsical; in 'Planet of Weeds,' a 1998 piece published in Harper's, he predicts man-made ecological catastrophe: 'Homo sapiens itself is the consummate weed.' A book to ponder and enjoy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A writer for National Geographic with a string of nature books to his credit, Quammen (Western American studies, Montana State U.) adds a new section to his 1985 collection of essays on critters, folks, and acts relating to the natural world and the scientific investigation of it. The seven recent essays look at such topics as planet of weeds, the post-communist wolf, and cloning your troubles away. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A revised and expanded edition of Quammen's first book of nonfiction, including the best of his recent work.

Synopsis:

"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 to . 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 expanded edition returns to print Quammen's best-loved "Natural Acts" columns, which first appeared in magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as "Planet of Weeds," an influential cover story. The new is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.

About the Author

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and nine other books. When he is not traveling the world for National Geographic he lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393058055
Author:
Quammen, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Quammen, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Edition Description:
Revised and Exp
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393058055 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Quammen's writing style is so delightful that his content could almost be secondary. Happily, the author (most recently of The Reluctant Mr. Darwin) and his subjects are equally engaging: from a light-hearted trope on crows, whom he surmises are 'too intelligent for their station in life'; to the dead-serious issue of human cloning, which he labels 'perniciously stupid'; to a harrowing 453-day adventure in a remote Congolese forest Quammen shared with explorer J. Michael Fay. A revised and expanded version of the out-of-print 1985 original, this volume reprints a number of Quammen's columns from Outside magazine along with more lengthy articles culled from sources like Audubon, National Geographic and Smithsonian, including a solid selection of his post-1985 work. In his introduction he describes the new version as 'a chimerical creature, like a griffin, bird-shaped in front with a mammalian caboose,' but his topics-and his tone-aren't always so whimsical; in 'Planet of Weeds,' a 1998 piece published in Harper's, he predicts man-made ecological catastrophe: 'Homo sapiens itself is the consummate weed.' A book to ponder and enjoy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A revised and expanded edition of Quammen's first book of nonfiction, including the best of his recent work.
"Synopsis" by , "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 to . 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 expanded edition returns to print Quammen's best-loved "Natural Acts" columns, which first appeared in magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as "Planet of Weeds," an influential cover story. The new is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.
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