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The Narrow Edge


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Deborah Cramer is the author of Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage and Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World. She lives in Gloucester, MA.


"A scientific page-turner, full of intricacies and astonishment. Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, The Narrow Edge is a must for anyone interested in the natural world, our relationship to it, and our stewardship of it."-Philadelphia Inquirer
"An eloquent interweaving of history, field practice and keen personal observation."-Nature
"It would be difficult not to be moved by this deeply elegiac yet riveting tale as Deborah Cramer unravels one of nature's more deeply woven connections . . . it will appeal to fans of nature writing and detective novels alike, for The Narrow Edge reads as both."-Justin Walker, British Ornithology Trust
Winner of the 2016 Reed Environmental Writing Awards, given by Southern Environmental Law Center
Winner of the 2016 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award given by the Society of Environmental Journalists
Winner of the 2016 National Academies Communications Award for best book that honors the best in science communications. Sponsored by the Keck Futures Initiative -- a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation
Selected as a 2016 Massachusetts Must Read Book in the Nonfiction category. This recognition is given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

"Deborah Cramer has crafted a remarkable tale of science, nature, and humanity. She takes us on a sweeping adventure as she paints the portrait of an unimaginably hardy yet threatened bird."-Susan Solomon, author of The Coldest March
"The Narrow Edge is at once an intimate portrait of the small red knot and a much larger exploration of our wondrous, imperiled world."-Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
"In the face of global warming, is our big brain connected to a big enough heart that we might do something to preserve the beauty of the earth? Heart is no problem for the red knot-20,000 miles on the wing demonstrates that. The finely told story of this bird will, hopefully, help summon greater affection for our home planet."-Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth
"This book is for anyone who loves adventure: an interwoven tale of humanity and nature in which nature never fails to surprise and delight."-Thomas E. Lovejoy, University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, and National Geographic Conservation Fellow
"Deborah Cramer provides a unique, first-hand account of a little known and even less appreciated bird. Her adventures with researchers easily take the reader into the world of science and its complex and evolving findings."-John Marzluff, co-author of Gifts of the Crow and author of Welcome to Subirdia

Selected as a 2016 Massachusetts Must Read Book in the Nonfiction category. This recognition is given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
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