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Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America

Jon Mooallem
Format
Book
Published
New York : Penguin Press, 2013.
Language
English
ISBN
9781594204425, 159420442X, 9781101617847 (ebook), 1101617845 (ebook)
Summary
Journalist Jon Mooallem has watched his little daughter's world overflow with animals--butterfly pajamas, appliquéd owls--while the actual world she's inheriting slides into a great storm of extinction. Half of all species could disappear by the end of the century, and scientists now concede that most of America's endangered animals will survive only if conservationists keep rigging the world around them in their favor. So Mooallem ventures into the field, often taking his daughter with him, to move beyond childlike fascination and make those creatures feel more real. Wild Ones is a tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America that inflects it--from Thomas Jefferson's celebrations of early abundance to the turn-of the-last-century origins of the teddy bear to the whale-loving hippies of the 1970s. Our most comforting ideas about nature unravel. In their place, Mooallem forges a new and affirming vision of the human animal and the wild ones as kindred creatures on an imperfect planet.--From publisher description.
Contents
  • Introduction : the woman who counted fish
  • Bears
  • Butterflies
  • Birds
  • Epilogue : the man who carried fish.
Description
339 pages ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-329) and index.
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