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A Most Remarkable Creature

By Jonathan Meiburg
  • ISBN Code: : 1101875712
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Nature
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“Utterly captivating and beautifully written, this book is a hugely entertaining and enlightening exploration of a bird so wickedly smart, curious, and social, it boggles the mind.”—Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Bird Way “A fascinating, entertaining, and totally engrossing story.”—David Sibley, author of What It's Like to Be a Bird An enthralling account of a modern voyage of discovery as we meet the clever, social birds of prey called caracaras, which puzzled Darwin, fascinate modern-day falconers, and carry secrets of our planet's deep past in their family history. “As curious, wide-ranging, gregarious, and intelligent as its subject.”—Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were "tame and inquisitive . . . quarrelsome and passionate," and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it. Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg takes up this chase. He takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they're very rare. He reveals the wild, fascinating story of their history, origins, and possible futures. And along the way, he draws us into the life and work of William Henry Hudson, the Victorian writer and naturalist who championed caracaras as an unsung wonder of the natural world, and to falconry parks in the English countryside, where captive caracaras perform incredible feats of memory and problem-solving. A Most Remarkable Creature is a hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography, as generous and accessible as it is sophisticated, and absolutely riveting.

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  • Pdf File: great-adaptations.pdf

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"The irresistible enthusiasm of Great Adaptations couldn’t come at a better time."—David P. Barash, Wall Street Journal "Be very amazed."—Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words and Becoming Wild How one scientist unlocked the secrets behind some of nature’s most astounding animals From star-nosed moles that have super-sensing snouts to electric eels that paralyze their prey, animals possess unique and extraordinary abilities. In Great Adaptations, Kenneth Catania presents an entertaining and engaging look at some of nature’s most remarkable creatures. Telling the story of his biological detective work, Catania sheds light on the mysteries behind the behaviors of tentacled snakes, tiny shrews, zombie-making wasps, and more. He shows not only how studying these animals can provide deep insights into how life evolved, but also how scientific discovery can be filled with adventure and fun. Beginning with the star-nosed mole, Catania reveals what the creature’s nasal star is actually for, and what this tells us about how brains work. He explores how the deceptive hunting strategy of tentacled snakes leads prey straight to their mouths, how eels use electricity to control other animals, and why emerald jewel wasps make zombies out of cockroaches. He also solves the enigma of worm grunting—a traditional technique in which earthworms are enticed out of the ground—by teaming up with professional worm grunters. Catania demonstrates the merits of approaching science with an open mind, considers the role played by citizen scientists, and illustrates that most animals have incredible, hidden abilities that defy our imagination. Examining some strange and spectacular creatures, Great Adaptations offers a wondrous journey into nature’s grand designs.

The Age of Dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of the World's Most Remarkable Animals

By Steve Brusatte
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062930192
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 151
  • Pdf File: the-age-of-dinosaurs.pdf

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Think you know about dinosaurs? Think again! New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Steve Brusatte brings young scientists and readers everywhere into his world of massive herbivores and fearsome predators, daily unexpected discoveries, and all the new science used to learn about some of the world’s oldest beings. Even though the dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago, we’re still piecing together new information about these ancient animals. Did you know that, on average, a new species of dinosaur is discovered every single week? Or that many dinosaurs had feathers? Or that there are even modern-day dinosaurs walking around right now? New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed paleontologist Steve Brusatte writes about all the new discoveries he and his colleagues have made that help us better understand—and marvel at—these remarkable reptiles. This exciting nonfiction book for ages 7 to 12 includes a glossary, pronunciation guide, and index, as well as photos throughout. A strong choice for the classroom and for independent reading, and a great source for reports using information direct from an expert in the field.

Narrative Strategies in the Reconstruction of History

By Ana Fernandes
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1527523519
  • Total of Pages : 136
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 292
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This book enquires into the processes by which certain contemporary women pay testimony to history. It examines the reasons why they recreate the past, whether political, social or artistic, and the strategies employed to establish a comparison with the present. The focus is on authors such as A.S. Byatt, Pat Barker, Anne Enright, Tracy Chevalier and Ali Smith. The volume demonstrates and discusses parallels, shifts and transformations in the writing of these authors and in the rewriting of history in contemporary fiction by women authors.

Astonishing Animals

By Tim Flannery
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  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Book Code : 0802194176
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 254
  • Pdf File: astonishing-animals.pdf

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From the authors of A Gap in Nature, a breathtaking visual adventure showcasing ninety of the world’s most astounding creatures Sumptuous birds of paradise, amazing soft-shell turtles, frogs that look like tomatoes, and terrifying fish (including the deep-water angler fish from Finding Nemo) are just some of the extraordinary creatures that can be found in Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten’s new book, Astonishing Animals. Superbly illustrated in lifelike full-color paintings, Astonishing Animals details ninety of the world’s most amazing animals from around the world. In this book you will find the Hairy Seadevil, the spectacular Sulawesi Naked Bat, and in the depths of the limestone caves in Slovenia, the Olm, a pink, four-legged, sightless salamander that lives for a hundred years. In fascinating vignettes, Flannery offers the true evolutionary tale of how each of these bizarre creatures came to look the way they do. Alongside each historical account is a stunning hand-painted color reproduction (life-size in the original painting) by Schouten. Filled with purple-faced apes, jagged-toothed dolphins, and antlered lizards, Astonishing Animals is a remarkable collection of the world’s most incredible creatures and the stories behind their remarkable survival into a modern age.

Science and Religion in Neo-Victorian Novels

By John Glendening
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134088272
  • Total of Pages : 262
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 736
  • Pdf File: science-and-religion-in-neo-victorian-novels.pdf

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Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has expanded rapidly in the last fifteen years but given little attention to the engagement between science and religion. Of great interest to Victorians, this subject often appears in neo-Victorian novels including those by such well-known authors as John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Graham Swift, and Mathew Kneale. This book discusses novels in which nineteenth-century science, including geology, paleontology, and evolutionary theory, interacts with religion through accommodations, conflicts, and crises of faith. In general, these texts abandon conventional religion but retain the ethical connectedness and celebration of life associated with spirituality at its best. Registering the growth of nineteenth-century secularism and drawing on aspects of the romantic tradition and ecological thinking, they honor the natural world without imagining that it exists for humans or functions in reference to human values. In particular, they enact a form of wonderment: the capacity of the mind to make sense of, creatively adapt, and enjoy the world out of which it has evolved — in short, to endow it with meaning. Protagonists who come to experience reality in this expansive way release themselves from self-anxiety and alienation. In this book, Glendening shows how, by intermixing past and present, fact and fiction, neo-Victorian narratives, with a few instructive exceptions, manifest this pattern.

Minor Creatures

By Ivan Kreilkamp
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 022657640X
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 603
  • Pdf File: minor-creatures.pdf

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In the nineteenth century, richly-drawn social fiction became one of England’s major cultural exports. At the same time, a surprising companion came to stand alongside the novel as a key embodiment of British identity: the domesticated pet. In works by authors from the Brontës to Eliot, from Dickens to Hardy, animals appeared as markers of domestic coziness and familial kindness. Yet for all their supposed significance, the animals in nineteenth-century fiction were never granted the same fullness of character or consciousness as their human masters: they remain secondary figures. Minor Creatures re-examines a slew of literary classics to show how Victorian notions of domesticity, sympathy, and individuality were shaped in response to the burgeoning pet class. The presence of beloved animals in the home led to a number of welfare-minded political movements, inspired in part by the Darwinian thought that began to sprout at the time. Nineteenth-century animals may not have been the heroes of their own lives but, as Kreilkamp shows, the history of domestic pets deeply influenced the history of the English novel.

Neo-Victorianism and Sensation Fiction

By Jessica Cox
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030292908
  • Total of Pages : 251
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 138
  • Pdf File: neo-victorianism-and-sensation-fiction.pdf

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This book represents the first full-length study of the relationship between neo-Victorianism and nineteenth-century sensation fiction. It examines the diverse and multiple legacies of Victorian popular fiction by authors such as Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, tracing their influence on a range of genres and works, including detective fiction, YA writing, Gothic literature, and stage and screen adaptations. In doing so, it forces a reappraisal of critical understandings of neo-Victorianism in terms of its origins and meanings, as well as offering an important critical intervention in popular fiction studies. The work traces the afterlife of Victorian sensation fiction, taking in the neo-Gothic writing of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt, contemporary popular historical detective and YA fiction by authors including Elizabeth Peters and Philip Pullman, and the literary fiction of writers such as Joanne Harris and Charles Palliser. The work will appeal to scholars and students of Victorian fiction, neo-Victorianism, and popular culture alike.

Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore

By Juliette Wood
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1441130608
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 531
  • Pdf File: fantastic-creatures-in-mythology-and-folklore.pdf

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Drawing on historical sources, myth and folklore, Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore explores the roles of fantastical beasts - particularly the unicorn, the mermaid, and the dragon - in a series of thematic chapters organised according to their legendary dwelling place, be this land, sea, or air. Through this original approach, Juliette Wood provides the first study of mythical beasts in history from the medieval period to the present day, providing new insights into the ways these creatures continue to define our constantly changing relationship to both real and imagined worlds. It places particular emphasis on the role of the internet, computer games, and the cyberspace community, and in doing so, demonstrates that the core medieval myth surrounding these creatures remains static within the ever-increasing arena of mass marketing and the internet. This is a vital resource for undergraduates studying fantastic creatures in history, literature and media studies.

The Holy and the Hereafter or is it Hooey?

By J L Miller
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1491707569
  • Total of Pages : 252
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 136
  • Pdf File: the-holy-and-the-hereafter-or-is-it-hooey.pdf

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The original purpose of this book was to explore various religious ideas and beliefs relating to the hereafter. The title was to be The Hereafter-Maybe! On completion of the first few chapters, the author concluded that every major religion’s philosophy-theology had included much ‘nonsense’, at least if viewed solely from common sense. Thus, this text took on an increased scope. It has a wealth of imagination on holy belief and the possibilities of an afterlife. Most nonfiction writers on the subject of religion generally endorse a preconditioned, accepted view as truth and even the only truth. This book’s author believes all truth is partial and that any human belief about God from any religion is, at best, partial. Both the expert and the layman will find food for thought regarding the reality of their own religious philosophy.

Creature Teachers

By Tom Harvey
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  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Book Code : 1466994169
  • Total of Pages : 72
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 562
  • Pdf File: creature-teachers.pdf

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Creature Teachers is the story of Big Bubba Black Bear, his mate, Bonnie, and their three young bear cubs, Bumbles, Bella, and Rose. Bubba and Bonnie are concerned that they may not know all that they need to know to help their young cubs survive in the world today. So they seek to learn the most important lessons in life from the animals around them to share with their cubs. The result is a road trip adventure with meaningful thoughts for our children today. The importance of laughter, loyalty, caring, sharing, respect, and much more is taught by the animals we see every day.

A Study Guide for Tracy Chevalier's "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

By Gale, Cengage Learning
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  • Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Book Code : 141032107X
  • Total of Pages : 15
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 762
  • Pdf File: a-study-guide-for-tracy-chevalier-s-girl-with-a-pearl-earring.pdf

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A study guide for Tracy Chevalier's "Girl with a Pearl Earring", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students series. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.