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Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

By: David Quammen

350 pages, no illustrations

W.W. Norton & Co.

Paperback | May 2009 | #178416 | ISBN-13: 9780393333602
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About this book

A revised and expanded edition of Quammen's first book of nonfiction, including the best of his recent work. "Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions," said David Quammen in the original introduction to "Natural Acts," For more than two decades, he has stuck to that credo.

In this updated version of his first essay collection, Quammen's lively curiosity leads him from New Mexico to Romania, from the Congo to the Amazon, asking questions about mosquitoes (what are their redeeming merits?), dinosaurs (how did they change the life of a dyslexic Vietnam vet?), and cloning (can it save endangered species?). This expanded edition returns to print Quammen's best-loved "Natural Acts" columns, which first appeared in Outside magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as "Planet of Weeds," an influential Harper's cover story. The new Natural Acts is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.

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* A regular contributor to National Geographic, DAVID QUAMMEN is the author of The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin and nine other books.

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