By Gordon Grice
How does a tiny field jellyfish, with out mind and little regulate over the place it is going within the water, have the capacity to kill a full-grown guy? What damage have hippos been recognized to inflict on people, and why? What makes our closest cousin, the chimpanzee, the main risky of all apes to come across within the wild?
In this elegantly illustrated, usually darkly humorous compendium of animal predation, Gordon Grice, hailed through Michael Pollan as “a clean, unusual, and beautiful new voice in American nature writing,” offers findings which are through turns stunning, funny, and scary. for my part obsessed by way of either the risk and wonder of animals on the grounds that he was once six years previous and a perilous cougar wandered onto his family’s farm, Grice now reaps a life of learn during this distinctive survey—at as soon as a studying booklet and a resource.
Categorized by means of variety and educated all through via the author’s unsentimental view of the usual order and our position in it, listed below are the hard-to-stomach, hard-to-resist proof and legends of animal encounters. even if it’s the elephant that collided with a gasoline tanker and lived (the tanker exploded), the turn-of-the-century family healing for a copperhead chew (douse the contaminated quarter in kerosene), or the shark that terrorized the recent Jersey sea coast for a summer time (later inspiring the movie Jaws), every thing you’ve ever desired to find out about animals yet have been afraid to invite is incorporated during this hair-raising, heart-racing quantity. by way of turns wondrous, mordant, and sobering, this ebook is ultimately a party of the animal world—in all its perilous glory—by a author who’s been heralded via The manhattan Times for his skill to mix “the observations of a naturalist with a dry, homespun philosopher’s wit.”
“Did he say repugnatorial gland? What a wealth of data Gordon Grice is, and what an outstanding, beguiling author. This ebook is a needs to for someone even remotely considering getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog.”
~ David Sedaris
“A significant, a bit of terrifying, totally eye-catching stumble upon with the animal world—not rather like whatever I’ve ever learn before."
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
“Deadly country is an engagingly unique box consultant to the venomous, the sharp-clawed, the infectious, and the downright predatory. It’s a witty, attention-grabbing, and playfully macabre read.”
~ David Baron, writer of The Beast within the Garden
“Deadly nation is usually gory, continually attractive, and very nice. Gordon Grice is a hot and humorous consultant, his arms constantly at the evidence. There are striking tales right here, attention-grabbing humans and areas, yet specially, there are the animals we idea we knew, and those we’ve by no means heard of: hagfish, guinea worms, eyelash vipers, blister beetles. You’ll by no means cross barefoot within the barnyard again.”
~ Bill Roorbach, writer of Temple movement: A Rural Odyssey
“Deadly nation makes it transparent that you're not on best of the foodstuff chain.”
~ Pamela Nagami, M.D., writer of Bitten: actual clinical tales of Bites and Stings
About the Author
Gordon Grice has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, become aware of, Granta, and different magazines. His first ebook, The pink Hourglass, was once named the best Books of the 12 months by way of the Los Angeles Times and the recent York Public Library. His paintings has been anthologized in The most sensible American Essays. He lives along with his kinfolk in Wisconsin.
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