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The Flight Of The Iguana

Author : David Quammen
ISBN : 9781476728735
Genre : Nature
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From the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo comes a collection of essays in which various weird and wonderful aspects of nature are examined. This book contains tales of vegetarian piranha fish, voiceless dogs, and a scientific search for the genes that threaten to destroy the cheetah.
Category: Nature

The Boilerplate Rhino

Author : David Quammen
ISBN : 9780743200325
Genre : Nature
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A collection of twentysix essays about the natural world captures the relationship between human and animal, with such topics as rattlesnakes and their handlers, and spiders and arachnophobia, all told in an entertaining, enlightening style.
Category: Nature


Author : David Quammen
ISBN : 9781473522084
Genre : Science
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In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90% of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola’s elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus whilst travelling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola, its past, present and its unknowable future.
Category: Science

Komodo The Living Dragon

Author : Richard L. Lutz
ISBN : 9780931625275
Genre : Nature
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This book is a very accurate account of the world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon (actually a monitor lizard). A bizarre beast, the Komodo is unchanged as a species for millions of years, yet was not discovered until this century!
Category: Nature

The Song Of The Dodo

Author : David Quammen
ISBN : 9781439124963
Genre : Nature
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David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.
Category: Nature

Writing Environments

Author : Sidney I. Dobrin
ISBN : 9780791483893
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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"Writing Environments addresses the intersections between writing and nature through interviews with some of America's leading environmental writers. The interviews are followed by critical responses from writing scholars. This diverse range of voices speaks lucidly and captivatingly about topics such as place, writing, teaching, politics, race, and culture, and how these overlap in many complex ways."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Face Of The Iguana

Author : Patrick J. McKallick
ISBN : 9781546240693
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In The Face of the Iguana, Patrick McKallick tells the dramatic stories of how fear-based beliefs, both cultish and religious affected his life, emotionally, physically and mentally and his eventual healing. This book is not just for all those abused by toxic belief systems, but also those recovering from addictions. The author relates touching stories of his painful abandonment by his troubled parents and his final internment in an orphanage. He tells dramatic and amusing anecdotes that preserved his sanity, and the utter desperation of his cunning and miraculous escape from a toxic, doomsday cult. We are taken on a journey of events as varied as hiding under the bed from his raging alcoholic father to descending into the depths of a 16th-century churchs crypt where he gazed upon piles of human bones, the shock of which catapulted him unconsciously into a dark and ominous pit. We faithfully follow him as he describes the conclusion of the war in El Salvador and the mass fear and terror of the citizens of that country, to the comical circling of a vintage ocean liner in a beat up fishing boat with an old lady, a fisherman, and two young kids. This is not just a compilation of interesting stories, but clear guidance for anyone recovering from addictions including to fear-based belief systems and the ensuing guilt and anxiety. The author expertly provides revelations and insights into why we seek out toxic beliefs. Mr. McKallick reveals how his investigation of a surprising and astonishing field led to his incredible healing and liberation from the effects of PTSD. The author learnedly introduces evidential research that mitigated his anxiety due to abusive belief systems and the fear of death. He describes the ensuing collapse of this fear and the promise of an astonishingly beautiful after-life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Flight Of The Vernacular

Author : Maria Cristina Fumagalli
ISBN : 9042014660
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this book, Dante, Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott engage in an eloquent and meaningful conversation. Dante's capacity for being faithful to the collective historical experience and true to the recognitions of the emerging self, the permanent immediacy of his poetry, the healthy state of his language, which is so close to the object that the two are identified, and his adamant refusal to get lost in the wide and open sea of abstraction – all these are shown to have affected, and to continue to affect, Heaney's and Walcott's work. The Flight of the Vernacular, however, is not only a record of what Dante means to the two contemporary poets but also a cogent study of Heaney's and Walcott's attitude towards language and of their views on the function of poetry in our time. Heaney's programmatic endeavour to be “adept at dialect” and Walcott's idiosyncratic redefinition of the vernacular in poetry as tone rather than as dialect – apart from having Dantean overtones – are presented as being associated with the belief that poetry is a social reality and that language is a living alphabet bound to the “opened ground” of the world.
Category: Literary Criticism

Sliced Iguana

Author : Isabella Tree
ISBN : UCSC:32106019536843
Genre : Travel
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Behind the facade of sombreros and tequila, tourist traps and holiday resorts, there lies a very different Mexico. In Sliced Iguana, Isabella Tree finds a town controlled by arm-wrestling matriarchs and party-mad transvestites and in war-torn Chiapas she discovers shamans worshipping Mayan gods inside Catholic churches and conducting exorcisms with the aid of Pepsi. This is a story of Mexico like no other, capturing the essence of its psyche and illuminating the struggles and hopes of a people and a country on the cusp of change.
Category: Travel

The Green Iguana Manual

Author : Philippe De Vosjoli
ISBN : 9781620080290
Genre : Pets
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It’s hard to resist a friendly dinosaur, and the green iguana’s enormous popularity rests on that amusing truism. This large lizard presents few difficulties and for keepers and can live for a couple of decades. One of the authors’ purposes of The Green Iguana Manual is to promote responsible ownership for this noble lizard that can grow to be the size of a medium size dog with an unusually long, leathery tail! The Green Iguana Manual takes a close look at the characteristics of this species that have made these attractive lizards so amazingly popular in the pet world as well as their lifelong requirements. Author and herp expert Philippe de Vosjoli is joined by iguana specialists Dr. Roger Klingenberg, Dr. Susan Donoghue, and David Blair, who each contribute special chapters to this up-to-date and authoritative guide. This colorfully illustrated guide provides excellent general guidelines for keepers who wish to add a green iguana to their vivarium and maintain their “prehistoric” pet in excellent health and condition. The authors provide an introduction to basic iguana characteristics including distribution, size, longevity, and varieties and morphs, to help beginners better understand the anatomy and behavior of these fascinating lizards. This Advanced Vivarium Systems title includes information about selecting a healthy green iguana, handling, housing needs, breeding, and life stages. Dr. Donoghue provides the chapter “Diet and Feeding Management,” which discusses food sources, supplementation, and feeding guidelines for green iguanas of all ages. Dr. Klingenberg provides the chapter on diseases and disorders, which covers nutritional and metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, reproductive disorders, parasites, and environmental issues. The chapter concludes with a very useful five-page troubleshooting chart for common disorders. The book also discusses the iguanas of the West Indies (chapter by Blair) as well as seven other iguanid lizards, such as the spiny-tailed iguana, Fiji Island iguana, and chuckwallas.
Category: Pets