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Wild Thoughts from Wild Places

Besides bringing together a couple of decades worth of literate, incisive forays into the natural world, this collection of essays from the prize-winning author of THE SONG OF THE DODO is both a wake-up call and a testimonial. Gathered in the main from magazine articles, in particular the authors 15 years of 'Natural Acts', a column in OUTSIDE magazine, Quammen reminds us of the many less quantifiable virtues of the wild that often get crushed in the path of so-called progress. Beginning with the Rocky Mountain trout that, as a young man, would change his life, and meandering through a variety of travels and experiences around the globe, he touches on issues of wildlife conservation, island biogeography and outdoor recreation. Quammen's articles are fascinating, surprising and often humorous, as he learns about the mountain lion by looking over the shoulder of a Montana Bow hunter and delights in the grace of white-water rodeo. Whether he is writing about hard science, art, literature, or the whims that colour our investigations of the world around us, David Quammen emerges as one of the most eloquent spokesmen and campaigners for nature.
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David Quammen's "The Song of the Dodo" received the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History Writing.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

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