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Wild Ones

A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America
Mooallem, Jon (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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, on 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.
Authors: Mooallem, Jon
Title: Wild ones
a sometimes dismaying, weirdly reassuring story about looking at people looking at animals in America
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: The woman who counted fish
Bears
Butterflies
Birds
The man who carried fish
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, on 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.
ISBN: 9781594204425
159420442X
Statement of Responsibility: Jon Mooallem
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: NATURE / Endangered Species NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection Social values United States National characteristics, American Animals and civilization Endangered species United States Wildlife conservation United States
Topical Term: NATURE Endangered Species
NATURE Environmental Conservation & Protection
Social values
National characteristics, American
Animals and civilization
Endangered species
Wildlife conservation
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Aug 21, 2014
  • peggymurphy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was an excellent book. Very well-written, thoughtful exploration of conservation issues. Plus a general discussion of the human/nature interaction.

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