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, be capable of 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 fabulous, funny, and scary. individually obsessed by means of either the risk and sweetness of animals on the grounds that he was once six years previous and a dangerous cougar wandered onto his family’s farm, Grice now reaps a life of research during this exact survey—at as soon as a interpreting booklet and a resource.
Categorized by means of style and proficient all through by means of the author’s unsentimental view of the usual 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 medication for a copperhead chunk (douse the contaminated region in kerosene), or the shark that terrorized the hot Jersey sea coast 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 integrated during this hair-raising, heart-racing quantity. by way of turns wondrous, mordant, and sobering, this publication is ultimately a party of the animal world—in all its perilous glory—by a author who’s been heralded by way of 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 knowledge Gordon Grice is, and what a very good, beguiling author. This ebook is a needs to for a person even remotely contemplating getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog.”
~ David Sedaris
“A fantastic, a bit of terrifying, completely eye-catching stumble upon with the animal world—not relatively 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, attention-grabbing, and playfully macabre read.”
~ David Baron, writer of The Beast within the Garden
“Deadly state is typically gory, consistently lovely, and very nice. Gordon Grice is a hot and humorous advisor, his arms consistently at the proof. There are extraordinary tales the following, interesting humans and areas, yet notably, there are the animals we suggestion we knew, and those we’ve by no means heard of: hagfish, guinea worms, eyelash vipers, blister beetles. You’ll by no means pass barefoot within the barnyard again.”
~ Bill Roorbach, writer of Temple circulation: A Rural Odyssey
“Deadly state makes it transparent that you're not on most sensible of the nutrients 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, realize, Granta, and different magazines. His first publication, The pink Hourglass, used to be named the best Books of the 12 months 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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