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

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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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Sesh
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Ann
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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Demian Katz
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm mysteriously drawn to random collections of essays, and I quite enjoyed this one -- in spite of being more than a decade old and dealing with science, it didn't feel unreasonably dated, it and covered a wide range of topics and styles. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more volumes of this series!
Ryan
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Ellen Johnson
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
quality and readability varied widely. some were passe by now (artificial intelligence), some I'd read (Ehrenreich on cancer, excellent), some topics have been so over done (Darwin).
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Love this series. This is my favorite one so far.
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Natalie Angier is a nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times.
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