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A revised and expanded edition of Quammen?s first book of nonfiction, including the best of his recent work.?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 Outside magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as ?Planet of Weeds,? an influential Harper?s cover story. The new Natural Acts is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.
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David Quammen is a naturalist, writer, and literary scholar who can turn from William Faulkner to theories of demographic stochasticity on a dime--or a comma. Natural Acts, a collection of Quammen's columns by the same name from Outside magazine, highlights his many interests. In its pages, he touches on Malthusian population dynamics, the mating habits of butterflies and snakes, Tycho Brahe's quest for the stars, magnolia trees, whales, and deserts--to name just a few of the matters that pass beneath his bemused gaze. This is humanely wrought science writing at its best. --Gregory McNameeFrom the Back Cover:
Most of the pieces found in this book appeared first as installments of thee 'Natural Acts' columns that Quammen wrote regularly for Outside magazine. In an upbeat and original way of thinking Quammen writes about beetles, bats, crows, snakes and other interesting animals.
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Book Description Audio Pr, 1990. Audio Book (Cassette). Condition: Good. Former library book. Ex-Library. Seller Inventory # 123527737