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Every Creeping Thing: True Tales of Faintly Repulsive Wildlife

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"Despite the efforts of many earnest and life-affirming people to persuade me that the vampire bat is our friend and that Native Americans enjoyed true harmony with Brother Wolf, I have never quite overcome the gut feeling that fear of nature is normal....It can also be pleasurable....What I really find creepy and wonderful about nature are not its great terrors, but its w
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Hardcover, 270 pages
Published December 10th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Tracy
Feb 25, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
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My degree in biology shows sometimes in my choice of books to read. I found this for sale for a dollar at the library, and it was probably $5 worth of entertainment and education. This was a riveting read in every way, illuminating various vertebrate animal myths in a humorous, sensitive but sensible manner of writing. I think maybe some things I wish I hadn't learned, but overall, I didn't regret that one dollar I spent on it.
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Aug 30, 2009 Pequete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've just finished reading this book through bookcrossing. I liked some of the chapters more than others but it was an overall rewarding read and I learned a great deal about several animal species in a very enjoyable way. Will probably lend this to a friend after coming back from holidays and ask him to release it after reading it in Porto, where he lives.
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Nov 12, 2013 Chi Dubinski rated it it was amazing
An enlightening and amusing look at some of the “least huggable members of the animal world.” Coniff, a science journalist, examines 16 different beasts, including snapping turtles, bats, sharks, and porcupines.
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Jun 07, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Collection of essays on various animals and topics relating to them. I found the chapters on bats and moles interesting. My favorite chapter was the one about bloodhounds.
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Entertaining light reading. Especially liked the chapter about weasels.
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Feb 15, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
entertaining and informative, one of the best books I've read in a while.
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Richard Conniff, a Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the National Magazine Award, is the author most recently of House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth. He writes for Smithsonian and National Geographic and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and a former commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. His other books include The Natural History o ...more
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