By Gordon Grice
How does a tiny field jellyfish, with out mind and little keep an eye on 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 harmful of all apes to come across within the wild?
In this elegantly illustrated, frequently 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 via turns mind-blowing, funny, and frightening. in my view obsessed via either the risk and sweetness of animals considering that he used to be six years outdated and a perilous cougar wandered onto his family’s farm, Grice now reaps a life of research during this targeted survey—at as soon as a interpreting publication and a resource.
Categorized by means of sort and proficient all through by means of the author’s unsentimental view of the normal order and our position in it, listed below are the hard-to-stomach, hard-to-resist evidence 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 loved ones healing for a copperhead chew (douse the contaminated quarter in kerosene), or the shark that terrorized the hot Jersey beach for a summer time (later inspiring the movie Jaws), every little 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 booklet is ultimately a party of the animal world—in all its perilous glory—by a author who’s been heralded via The big apple 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 excellent, beguiling author. This e-book is a needs to for somebody even remotely deliberating getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog.”
~ David Sedaris
“A significant, a little bit terrifying, completely fascinating come upon with the animal world—not rather like whatever I’ve ever learn before."
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
“Deadly nation is an engagingly unique box consultant to the venomous, the sharp-clawed, the infectious, and the downright predatory. It’s a witty, interesting, and playfully macabre read.”
~ David Baron, writer of The Beast within the Garden
“Deadly nation is typically gory, constantly wonderful, and very nice. Gordon Grice is a hot and humorous consultant, his hands consistently at the proof. There are extraordinary tales right here, interesting 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 move barefoot within the barnyard again.”
~ Bill Roorbach, writer of Temple circulation: A Rural Odyssey
“Deadly nation makes it transparent that you're not on most sensible of the nutrients chain.”
~ Pamela Nagami, M.D., writer of Bitten: actual scientific tales of Bites and Stings
About the Author
Gordon Grice has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, realize, Granta, and different magazines. His first ebook, The purple Hourglass, was once named the most effective Books of the yr by means of the Los Angeles Times and the hot York Public Library. His paintings has been anthologized in The most sensible American Essays. He lives along with his kin in Wisconsin.
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