The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

Although Gerd Heinrich, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd Heinrich tried to distance himself from his "old-fashioned" father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's sensibilities.

In this extraordinary memoir, the award-winning author shares the ways in which his relationship with his father, combined with his unique childhood, molded him into the scientist, and man, he is today. From Gerd's days as a soldier in Europe and the family's daring escape from the Red Army in 1945 to the rustic Maine farm they came to call home, Heinrich relates it all in his trademark style, making science accessible and awe-inspiring.

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Heinrich's books on Raven behaivour are characterised, for me at least, by an amazing attention to detail and disciplined method. I was not sure how this would translate when telling his family's ... Read full review

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This was a wonderful read. I have to say it didn't capture me like I hoped, too much meandering around life details (I'm not as into Biographies as I should be I suppose) but the accounts of the adventures were fantastic. Nicely crafted. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

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