Wild Thoughts from Wild Places

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 16, 1999 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Sean191 - LibraryThing

The writing was fine....the topics should have been exciting, but they were also somehow, just fine... I guess that's why I'm rating this pretty low. The subject matter - crazy white river rafting ... Read full review

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

Quammen writes very short, often interesting essays in this book, but I found his all-American childhood, stories of his visits to the Cincinnati Zoo, the history of the old family house more ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
Synecdoche and the Trout
19
Time and Tide on the Ocoee River
27
Vortex
46
Only Connect
56
Grabbing the Loop
66
The White Tigers of Cincinnati
81
To Live and Die in L A
90
The Trees Cry Out on Currawong Moor
165
The Big Turn
178
Eat of This Flesh
187
The Swallow That Hibernates Underwater
199
Trinket from Aru
208
Bagpipes for Ed
218
Point of Attachment
226
Voice Part for a Duet
236

Reaction Wood
100
Superdove on 46th Street
109
Before the Fall
118
Pinhead Secrets
129
The Keys to Kingdom Come
142
Karls Sense of Snow 15 5
155
Love in the Age of Relativity
245
Strawberries Under Ice
253
?5 and Provenance
269
iography
275
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About the author (1999)

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.

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