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Every Creeping Thing: True Tales of Faintly Repulsive Wildlife
by Richard Conniff (Goodreads Author)
"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...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published December 10th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co.
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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.
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.
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 ...moreMore about Richard Conniff...