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Wild Thoughts from Wild Places

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David Quammen's column, "Natural Acts," ran for fifteen years in Outside magazine; his stories, profiles, and essays have appeared in magazines ranging from Rolling Stone to Powder. Wild Thoughts from Wild Places collects twenty-three of the most memorable pieces under one cover. In this "sampler" (as he calls it in the Introduction), the winner of numerous awards for excellence in writing paddles with professional kayakers in southern Chile's whitewater, examines "superpigeons" in the concrete valleys of Manhattan, finds himself snowbound with ICBM launch officers, follows a lion-hunting expedition through Montana, and reminds us why we should all live and die so well as Edward Abbey – and that's just the start. Wild Thoughts serves as a perfect introduction to Quammen's writing, a tantalizing blend of sport and science, nature and invading populations.

Publisher Comments:

In Wild Thoughts from Wild Places, award-winning journalist David Quammen reminds us why he has become one of our most beloved science and nature writers.

This collection of twenty-three of Quammen's most intriguing, most exciting, most memorable pieces takes us to meet kayakers on the Futaleufu River of southern Chile, where Quammen describes how it feels to travel in fast company and flail for survival in the river's maw. We are introduced to the commerce in pearls (and black-market parrots) in the Aru Islands of eastern Indonesia. Quammen even finds wildness in smog-choked Los Angeles — embodied in an elusive population of urban coyotes, too stubborn and too clever to surrender to the sprawl of civilization.

With humor and intelligence, David Quammen's Wild Thoughts from Wild Places also reminds us that humans are just one of the many species on earth with motivations, goals, quirks, and eccentricities. Expect to be entertained and moved on this journey through the wilds of science and nature.

Synopsis:

A two-time winner of the "National Magazine" Award takes readers from the central Amazon to the streets of New York to explore scientific facts, ideas, and wonders.

About the Author

David Quammen has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his novels, stories, and essays. He is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for science essays and other work in Outside magazine. He is the author of several books, including The Song of the Dodo. Quammen lives in Montana.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

I. THE RIVER

Synecdoche and the Trout

Time and Tide on the Ocoee River

Vortex

Only Connect

Grabbing the Loop

II. THE CITY

The White Tigers of Cincinnati

To Live and Die in L.A.

Reaction Wood

Superdove on 46th Street

Before the Fall

III. THE MOUNTAINS

Pinhead Secrets

The Keys to Kingdom Come

Karl's Sense of Snow

The Trees Cry Out on Currawong Moor

The Big Turn

Eat of This Flesh

IV. THE HEART

The Swallow That Hibernates Underwater

Trinket from Aru

Bagpipes for Ed

Point of Attachment

Voice Part for a Duet

Love in the Age of Relativity

Strawberries Under Ice

Notes and Provenance

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684852089
Author:
Quammen, David
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Quammen, David
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
105-548
Publication Date:
March 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.625 oz

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