By Gordon Grice
How does a tiny field jellyfish, with out mind and little regulate over the place it is going within the water, be capable to kill a full-grown guy? What damage have hippos been identified 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 by way of Michael Pollan as “a clean, unusual, and lovely new voice in American nature writing,” provides findings which are by means of turns stunning, funny, and scary. individually obsessed by way of either the risk and sweetness of animals considering the fact that he used to be six years previous and a perilous cougar wandered onto his family’s farm, Grice now reaps a life of examine during this designated survey—at as soon as a analyzing booklet and a resource.
Categorized through variety and educated all through by way of the author’s unsentimental view of the ordinary order and our position in it, listed below are the hard-to-stomach, hard-to-resist evidence and legends of animal encounters. no matter if it’s the elephant that collided with a gas tanker and lived (the tanker exploded), the turn-of-the-century loved ones therapy for a copperhead chew (douse the contaminated quarter in kerosene), or the shark that terrorized the recent Jersey beach for a summer season (later inspiring the movie Jaws), every thing you’ve ever desired to find out about animals yet have been afraid to invite is integrated during this hair-raising, heart-racing quantity. through 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 through 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 a very good, beguiling author. This ebook is a needs to for a person even remotely taking into account getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog.”
~ David Sedaris
“A marvelous, somewhat terrifying, totally eye-catching stumble upon with the animal world—not particularly like something 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, interesting, and playfully macabre read.”
~ David Baron, writer of The Beast within the Garden
“Deadly country is usually gory, continuously attractive, and very nice. Gordon Grice is a hot and humorous advisor, his arms continuously at the evidence. There are striking tales the following, interesting humans and locations, yet notably, 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 flow: A Rural Odyssey
“Deadly country makes it transparent that you're not on best of the nutrition chain.”
~ Pamela Nagami, M.D., writer of Bitten: real scientific tales of Bites and Stings
About the Author
Gordon Grice has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, detect, Granta, and different magazines. His first ebook, The crimson Hourglass, used to be named the most effective Books of the yr by way of the Los Angeles Times and the hot York Public Library. His paintings has been anthologized in The top American Essays. He lives together with his kin in Wisconsin.
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