Waiting for Aphrodite: Journeys Into the Time Before Bones

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Nature - 256 pages
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"We humans are a minority of giants, stumbling around in the world of little things," Sue Hubbell writes in this marvelous book. Each of these little things "has a complicated and special way of getting on in the world, different from ours and different from one another's." In Waiting for Aphrodite she explores the ways of sponges and sea urchins, horseshoe crabs and the sea mouse known as Aphrodite -- as well as our ways. She takes us on a journey through the mysteries of time -- geological, biological, and personal -- as she writes of the evolution of life on this planet and the evolution of her own life: her childhood next to a Michigan graveyard; the three colleges where she "learned three things"; her twenty-five years keeping bees on a farm in the Ozarks; her move to a "strange little house" in a small Maine town, "the place I wanted to grow old in." And in the tide pools and ocean waters there she discovered a whole new world, the world of little things that inspired this book.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
20
Section 4
38
Section 5
50
Section 6
63
Section 7
70
Section 8
85
Section 10
105
Section 11
123
Section 12
140
Section 13
152
Section 14
170
Section 15
194
Section 16
212
Section 17
229

Section 9
88

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About the author (2000)

Sue Hubbell is the author of, among other works, A Country Year and A Book of Bees, which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Maine and Washington, D.C.

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