By Gordon Grice
How does a tiny field jellyfish, without mind and little regulate over the place it is going within the water, be ready to kill a full-grown guy? What damage have hippos been identified to inflict on people, and why? What makes our closest cousin, the chimpanzee, the main harmful of all apes to come across within the wild?
In this elegantly illustrated, usually darkly humorous compendium of animal predation, Gordon Grice, hailed by way of Michael Pollan as “a clean, unusual, and beautiful new voice in American nature writing,” offers findings which are via turns excellent, funny, and scary. in my opinion obsessed by way of either the threat and wonder of animals for the reason that he used to be six years previous and a perilous cougar wandered onto his family’s farm, Grice now reaps a life of learn during this targeted survey—at as soon as a analyzing publication and a resource.
Categorized by means of style and trained all through by way of the author’s unsentimental view of the average order and our position in it, listed below are the hard-to-stomach, hard-to-resist evidence and legends of animal encounters. even if it’s the elephant that collided with a gasoline tanker and lived (the tanker exploded), the turn-of-the-century family healing for a copperhead chunk (douse the contaminated sector in kerosene), or the shark that terrorized the hot Jersey beach for a summer season (later inspiring the movie Jaws), every little thing you’ve ever desired to learn about animals yet have been afraid to invite is incorporated during this hair-raising, heart-racing quantity. by means of turns wondrous, mordant, and sobering, this ebook is ultimately a party of the animal world—in all its perilous glory—by a author who’s been heralded by means of The big apple Times for his skill to mix “the observations of a naturalist with a dry, homespun philosopher’s wit.”
“Did he say repugnatorial gland? What a wealth of data Gordon Grice is, and what a good, beguiling author. This ebook is a needs to for someone even remotely taking into account getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog.”
~ David Sedaris
“A incredible, a little terrifying, totally beautiful stumble upon with the animal world—not fairly like something I’ve ever learn before."
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
“Deadly state is an engagingly unique box consultant to the venomous, the sharp-clawed, the infectious, and the downright predatory. It’s a witty, interesting, and playfully macabre read.”
~ David Baron, writer of The Beast within the Garden
“Deadly state is usually gory, continuously beautiful, and very nice. Gordon Grice is a hot and humorous advisor, his hands constantly at the evidence. There are remarkable tales right here, interesting humans and areas, yet chiefly, there are the animals we notion we knew, and those we’ve by no means heard of: hagfish, guinea worms, eyelash vipers, blister beetles. You’ll by no means pass barefoot within the barnyard again.”
~ Bill Roorbach, writer of Temple movement: A Rural Odyssey
“Deadly state makes it transparent that you're not on best of the nutrition chain.”
~ Pamela Nagami, M.D., writer of Bitten: real clinical tales of Bites and Stings
About the Author
Gordon Grice has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, become aware of, Granta, and different magazines. His first ebook, The crimson Hourglass, used to be named the best Books of the 12 months by way of the Los Angeles Times and the recent York Public Library. His paintings has been anthologized in The top American Essays. He lives along with his kinfolk in Wisconsin.
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