The Flight of the Iguana: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 16, 1998 - Nature - 302 pages
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From the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo comes a collection of essays in which various weird and wonderful aspects of nature are examined. This book contains tales of vegetarian piranha fish, voiceless dogs, and a scientific search for the genes that threaten to destroy the cheetah.
 

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User Review  - Yiggy - LibraryThing

I read this mostly during my lunch breaks at work, and as its just a collection of essays its a great book for going through when you only have short bursts of reading time throughout the day ... Read full review

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Quammen's essays are phenomenal. He's the working man's biology writer. You don't have to have a degree to know what he's talking about, and I think that's because he took an English degree rather ... Read full review

Contents

The Descent of the Dog
63
Street Trees
70
The Ontological Giraffe
77
The Lonesome Ape
84
Stranger than Truth
90
Deep Thoughts
97
III
105
Talk Is Cheap
114
Agony in the Garden
132
The Poseidon Shales
140
The Beautiful and Damned
147
Provide Provide
155
The Flight of the Iguana
161
THE MORAL ECOLOGY OF A DESERT
177
CHAMBERS OF MEMORY
231
Partial Sources
279

Icebreaker
122

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Writer David Quammen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and was later educated at both Yale and Oxford Universities. Quammen began his career by writing for The Christian Science Monitor, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Audubon, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Harpers Magazines. He wrote the novels The Soul of Viktor Tronko and The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, which won the 1997 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. He also received two National Magazine Awards for his column "Natural Acts" in Outside magazine.

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