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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.

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:
9781439125274
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Essays
Author:
Quammen, David
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19990316
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
214.312 x 139.7 x 20.32 mm 274.877 gr

Related Subjects

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