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  • Published: New York : Pantheon Books, c2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: x, 465 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0375423869
  • 9780375423864


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by Raffles, Hugh, 1958-

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Call number: 595.7 Ra

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor

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In the beginning-- -- Air -- Beauty -- Chernobyl -- Death -- Evolution -- Fever/dream -- Generosity (the happy times) -- Heads and how to use them -- The ineffable -- Jews -- Kafka -- Language -- My nightmares -- Nepal -- On January 8, 2008, Abdou Mahamane was driving through Niamey-- -- Il Parco delle Cascine on Ascension Sunday -- The quality of queerness is not strange enough -- The deepest of reveries -- Sex -- Temptation -- The unseen -- Vision -- The sound of global warming -- Ex libris, exempla -- Yearnings -- Zen and the art of Zzz's.

Deftly combining the anecdotal and the scientific, Raffles offers a stunningly original exploration of the beautiful, ancient, successful, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different insect species with which we share this world.

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This is an interesting book. The title is a bit misleading - it is not a field guide on insects, or a list of their amazing abilities or adaptations. While it does have amazing facts, it is a collection of short stories detailing how insects fit into people's lives and cultures.

If insects are your thing, give it a read!

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