David Quammen's "The Song of the Dodo" received the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History Writing.
Contents Introduction I. THE RIVER Synecdoche and the Trout Time and Tide on the Ocoee River Vortex Only Connect Grabbing the Loop II. THE CITY The White Tigers of Cincinnati To Live and Die in L.A. Reaction Wood Superdove on 46th Street Before the Fall III. THE MOUNTAINS Pinhead Secrets The Keys to Kingdom Come Karl's Sense of Snow The Trees Cry Out on Currawong Moor The Big Turn Eat of This Flesh IV. THE HEART The Swallow That Hibernates Underwater Trinket from Aru Bagpipes for Ed Point of Attachment Voice Part for a Duet Love in the Age of Relativity Strawberries Under Ice Notes and Provenance Bibliography Index
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.
Lisa Shea Elle So thrilling to read is science writer David Quammen's essay collection that you actually experience moments of believing you have been transported to some of the ferocious or fairy-tale-like locales he reports on....Quammen is no ordinary writer. He is simply astonishing, one of that rare class of writer gifted with verve, ingenuity, humor, guts, and great heart. James Gorman The New York Times Book Review Quammen has a wide range of knowledge, an agile pen and a generous heart.