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Zoologies by Alison Hawthorne Deming
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it was amazing
bookshelves: collection, environment, essays, memoir, nonfiction

It's easy to see why Deming's Zoologies was a nonfiction finalist for the 2015 Orion Book Award. Each chapter of this book is an essay exploring a different connection between humans and non-human animals with great insight and expertly precise language, and though there is lamentation, there is also hope. For me, one of the most powerful moments of the book was toward the end when Deming wrote, "Ten thousand years from now, I want someone to say of us, 'What amazing courage they had, and what spirit. How smart they were, how inventive—and how profoundly they must have loved Earth.'"

I had the pleasure of meeting Alison when she visited Iowa State earlier this year, and she signed my book with this inscription: "In hopes this work feeds your own—" Such simple words, such a simple hope, and it couldn't have been more realized.

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Reading Progress

July 6, 2015 – Started Reading
July 6, 2015 – Shelved
August 6, 2015 – Shelved as: collection
August 6, 2015 – Shelved as: environment
August 6, 2015 – Shelved as: essays
August 6, 2015 – Shelved as: memoir
August 6, 2015 – Shelved as: nonfiction
August 6, 2015 – Finished Reading

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