RaveLibrary Journal... the author blends natural history, scientific inquiry, and travelogue in an attempt to better understand the species, including its past and future. Readers follow Meiburg as he stalks Johnny rook relatives in the jungles of Guyana and the Andes mountain range; he also travels to English falconry parks to see captive birds show off their brainy side. A fascinating subtheme concerns Victorian naturalist and novelist W. H. Hudson, who is now largely forgotten; he was one of the first to write appreciatively about caracaras ... An ambitious, impressive debut. The book’s manifold strands will engage all sorts of readers, including bird lovers, science buffs, and eco-adventure fans.
Dan Richards, Stanley Donwood, Robert Macfarlane
PositiveLibrary JournalThe authors’ voices meld wonderfully, and readers may come to feel that \'paths run through people as surely as they run through places\' ... Complete with instructions for reading, this book showcases some of Macfarlane’s most genre-defying work.
RaveLibrary JournalThis is no dry, academic treatise; Godfrey-Smith takes care to keep the work accessible by summarizing key points, explaining the work of relevant scientists and philosophers, and punctuating the text with memorable facts. The book is enlivened by the wit and affection with which the author often regards his subjects of study ... An astonishing range of creatures are considered and a fascinating argument advanced about how evolutionary innovations can give rise to animal minds ... This is popular science writing at its best, offering uncanny reach to a swath of readers with varying degrees of interest in evolutionary biology and philosophy of mind.
Edward D. Melillo
PositiveLibrary JournalMelillo introduces many little-known facts and moments of insight, making this an engaging and often surprising read for those interested in environmental history.
RaveLibrary JournalRichly evocative, this is a book that begs to be reread, both for its biting social commentary and its wholly original contribution to the literature of planetary catastrophe.
RaveLibrary JournalBlending science, literature, and art, this work leads readers to imagine time, backward and forward; writing in a remarkably fluid style, Farrier is as adept at retelling ancient myth as he is at explaining little-known science ... A compelling thought experiment that is sometimes unsettling in its findings but always cleverly conceived and beautifully expressed.
RaveLibrary JournalTaliaferro masterfully attends to the long, busy arc of his subject\'s life, scouring some 40,000 pages of Grinnell\'s letters, numerous diaries, and travelogs, years of Forest and Stream articles, plus his monographs to create a satisfying portrait. The reader\'s reward is a sense of nature, native culture, and landscapes as viewed through an observant explorer\'s eyes, at the moment when Westward expansion was irrevocably changing it ... This richly detailed biography will engage students of environmental history and general readers alike.