Synopses & Reviews
Oliver Sacks is best known as an explorer of the human mind, a neurologist with a gift for the complex, insightful portrayals of people and their conditions that fuel the phenomenal success of his books. But he is also a card-carrying member of the American Fern Society, and since childhood has been fascinated by these primitive plants and their ability to survive and adapt. Now the best-selling author of Awakenings
and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
brings his ceaseless curiosity and eye for the wondrous to the province of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Oaxaca Journal is Sacks's spellbinding account of his recent trip with a group of fellow fern enthusiasts to the beautiful, history-steeped province of Oaxaca. Bringing together Sacks's passion for natural history and the richness of human culture with his penetrating curiosity and trammeling eye for detail, Oaxaca Journal is a captivating evocation of a places, its plants, its people, and its myriad wonders.
"Light and fast-moving, unburdened by library research but filled with erudition." The New Yorker
"Like all the best journals, it has a rich immediacy…the book is a rare treat." The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Oaxaca Journal whipped up my appetite for a visit to Mexico, as the best travel writing does." Providence Journal
This new series of literary travel memoirs presents the world's most prominent novelists, nonfiction writers, poets, and playwrights, many writing about travel for the first time.
A literary travel memoir by the acclaimed neurologist and author of Awakenings recounts his odyssey to the Mexican province of Oaxaca witha group of fellow fern enthusiasts as he offers an insightful portrait of the region, its people, and its many natural wonders.