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Wicked Bugs

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Publisher Comments:

In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes — creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the “bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures.

With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillating stories of bugs gone wild. It’s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections that explore bugs with kinky sex lives (“She’s Just Not That Into You”), creatures lurking in the cupboard (“Fear No Weevil”), insects eating your tomatoes (“Gardener’s Dirty Dozen”), and phobias that feed our (sometimes) irrational responses to bugs (“Have No Fear”).

Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins — but doesn’t end — in your own backyard.

Review:

"Enlightening...a cheerful sequel to her 2009 bestseller. Ms. Stewart, who grows poison plants in her garden in Eureka, Calif., likes the dark side." New York Times

Review:

"Wicked Bugs is a fascinatingly dark look at the world of wonders that buzzes, burrows and reproduces all around us...Stewart's research is prodigious and her writing precise, whether she's telling the tale of a caterpillar that looks like a tiny Persian cat or more about fleas than you ever wanted to know. Read this book and you'll always keep your gardening gloves on...Stewart concentrates on scarily diabolical bugs, to great effect." Seattle Times

Review:

"Stewart must be among the world’s most interesting cocktail party guests. Wicked Bugs is crammed with horrid details and creepy but fascinating insect trivia...the audience will come away with newfound appreciation for the insect kingdom." Wisconsin State Journal

Review:

"I read your book, and I'm all itchy." Dave Davies, host of NPR's Fresh Air

Review:

"I was excited to see this little volume come across my desk, having read Stewart’s Wicked Plants two years ago, and it didn’t disappoint...There is a ton of well-researched, fascinating information with terrific and terrifying stories from history." Smithsonian

Review:

"When it comes to methods of torture, the insect world is quite accommodating...Ranging from verdant South American jungles to Manhattan’s cold concrete canyons, Stewart amusingly but analytically profiles the baddest bugs around in quick but attention-grabbing snapshots of little creatures that pack a lot of punch." Booklist

Book News Annotation:

This humorous and informative small volume on scary bugs examines some of the world's most odd, frightening and unique insects. Creepy crawlers discussed include African bat bugs, stinging caterpillars, Brazilian wandering spiders, oriental rat fleas and the death-watch beetles. Each entry includes a descriptive narrative as well as information on size, classification, habitat, and distribution, organized under such headings as "Painful," "Horrible" and "Dangerous." Stewart is the bestselling author of Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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About the Author

Amy Stewart is the bestselling author of five books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. Her essays and commentaries have appeared on NPR, in the New York Times, and in Fine Gardening

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Meredith M, January 24, 2012 (view all comments by Meredith M)
Fun, fascinating, and good bedtime reading!
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Bettina Domingue, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by Bettina Domingue)
Do not read this book while using public transportation...I missed my train stop because the subject matter kept me completely engrossed.

Needless to say, I will never eat pork again and I am slathering myself in mosquito repellent nightly. I have a whole new respect for these mighty bugs and the mayhem they produce. Certainly the chapter on the Brazilian Wandering Spider brought me to rapid attention when the author explains that a passenger almost boarded an international flight with hundreds of these aggressive creatures in his carry on bags. No more aisle seats for me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565129603
Author:
Stewart, Amy
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Illustrator:
Morrow-Cribbs, Briony
Subject:
Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Nature - General
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7 x 5.5 in

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Product details 288 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781565129603 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Enlightening...a cheerful sequel to her 2009 bestseller. Ms. Stewart, who grows poison plants in her garden in Eureka, Calif., likes the dark side."
"Review" by , "Wicked Bugs is a fascinatingly dark look at the world of wonders that buzzes, burrows and reproduces all around us...Stewart's research is prodigious and her writing precise, whether she's telling the tale of a caterpillar that looks like a tiny Persian cat or more about fleas than you ever wanted to know. Read this book and you'll always keep your gardening gloves on...Stewart concentrates on scarily diabolical bugs, to great effect."
"Review" by , "Stewart must be among the world’s most interesting cocktail party guests. Wicked Bugs is crammed with horrid details and creepy but fascinating insect trivia...the audience will come away with newfound appreciation for the insect kingdom."
"Review" by , "I read your book, and I'm all itchy."
"Review" by , "I was excited to see this little volume come across my desk, having read Stewart’s Wicked Plants two years ago, and it didn’t disappoint...There is a ton of well-researched, fascinating information with terrific and terrifying stories from history."
"Review" by , "When it comes to methods of torture, the insect world is quite accommodating...Ranging from verdant South American jungles to Manhattan’s cold concrete canyons, Stewart amusingly but analytically profiles the baddest bugs around in quick but attention-grabbing snapshots of little creatures that pack a lot of punch."
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