The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002
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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002 (Best American Science and Nature Writing)

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Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 15th 2002 by Mariner Books (first published October 1st 2002)
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I came across this collection of science and nature writing out of serendipity and discovered some great essays. Since then I have bought every annual issue of the Best American Science and Nature writing.

The 2002 issue is still my most favorite of the lot. The most fascinating piece in this issue is by Burkhard Bilger, "Braised Shank of Free-Range Possum". Mr. Bilger travels the south in search of old-world delicacies such as the free-range possum of the title ("...that feral, faintly glandula...more
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Love this series. This is my favorite one so far.
There's a great piece by Barbara Ehrenreich, the author of Nickled & Dimed, about her reaction to being diagnosed with breast cancer. I have to say I'd probably feel the same and can't quite view anything slathered in pink in the name of the cure in quite the same way.

Additionally I enjoyed this collection because I'm a nature nut! There are articles about birds getting confused flying around skyscrapers, people being hunted by mountain lions, & the effects of overfishing, just to name...more
I got this for the Malcolm Gladwell article on Kaplan and the SAT - fascinating. I am in the anti-standardized testing camp - I see the potential value, but rarely see them used in that way. I like reading Gladwell's take on things - makes me think about them differently, even when I don't agree with him.
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Natalie Angier is a nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times.
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