Wild Thoughts from Wild Places
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Synecdoche and the Trout
Time and Tide on the Ocoee River
Grabbing the Loop
The White Tigers of Cincinnati
To Live and Die in L A
The Trees Cry Out on Currawong Moor
The Big Turn
Eat of This Flesh
The Swallow That Hibernates Underwater
Trinket from Aru
Bagpipes for Ed
Point of Attachment
Voice Part for a Duet