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Book Title: Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America|
The author of the book: Jon Mooallem
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.85 MB
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: May 27th 2014
ISBN 13: 9780143125372
Read full description of the books Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America:"Ambitious and fascinating... [Mooallem] seamlessly blends reportage from the front lines of wildlife conservation with a lively cultural history of animals in America." --New York Times Book Review
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. In America, Wild Ones discovers, wildlife has always inhabited the terrain of our imagination as much as the actual land.
The journey is framed by the stories of three modern-day endangered species: the polar bear, victimized by climate change and ogled by tourists outside a remote northern town; the little-known Lange’s metalmark butterfly, foundering on a shred of industrialized land near San Francisco; and the whooping crane as it’s led on a months-long migration by costumed men in ultralight airplanes. The wilderness that Wild Ones navigates is a scrappy, disorderly place where amateur conservationists do grueling, sometimes preposterous-looking work; where a marketer maneuvers to control the polar bear’s image while Martha Stewart turns up to film those beasts for her show on the Hallmark Channel. 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.
With propulsive curiosity and searing wit, and without the easy moralizing and nature worship of environmental journalism’s older guard, Wild Ones merges reportage, science, and history into a humane and endearing meditation on what it means to live in, and bring a life into, a broken world.
--And don’t miss the album based on the book: WILD ONES by Black Prairie. Digital release on May 14; physical release on June 11--
Read information about the authorJon Mooallem is the author of WILD ONES: A Sometimes Dismaying Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, and AMERICAN HIPPOPOTAMUS, which was recently optioned by Brett Ratner and Edward Norton. He recently toured with the folk band Black Prairie, doing a show of live-orchestrated stories from WILD ONES. (You can hear it here.)
He has been a Contributing Writer to the New York Times Magazine since 2006, and is writer-at-large for Pop-Up Magazine, the live magazine presented on stage in San Francisco. He's also contributed to The New Yorker, Wired, This American Life, Radiolab and many other magazines and radio shows.
For example, he recently wrote about crazy ants taking over Texas. Two other recent favorites are here and here. Once, he investigated mysterious monk seal murders in Hawaii for a cover story for the New York Times Magazine. This one's about a monkey on the loose in Florida. And this one's about power outages caused by squirrels. For a time, I wrote a weekly column for Wired called THIS WEEK IN WILD ANIMALS. Thought leaders: you can not afford to miss this important column.
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