STARRED REVIEW
October 2021

Book Clubs: October 2021

From ants to whales, these inviting nonfiction books offer eye-opening perspectives on animals.

STARRED REVIEW

Book Clubs: October 2021

October 2021

From ants to whales, these inviting nonfiction books offer eye-opening perspectives on animals.

STARRED REVIEW
October 2021

Book Clubs: October 2021

October 2021

From ants to whales, these inviting nonfiction books offer eye-opening perspectives on animals.

STARRED REVIEW
October 2021

Book Clubs: October 2021

From ants to whales, these inviting nonfiction books offer eye-opening perspectives on animals.

STARRED REVIEW
October 2021

Book Clubs: October 2021

From ants to whales, these inviting nonfiction books offer eye-opening perspectives on animals.

October 2021

Book Clubs: October 2021

From ants to whales, these inviting nonfiction books offer eye-opening perspectives on animals.

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From ants to whales, these inviting nonfiction books offer eye-opening perspectives on animals.


In Fathoms: The World in the Whale, Rebecca Giggs considers the background and mythology of the mighty whale. Tracking the creature across centuries through a spellbinding survey of history, science and art, Giggs evaluates the whale’s enduring importance and shows how its relationship to the environment has altered over time. With stops in Australia and Japan, Giggs’ fluid account will captivate readers, and questions related to species’ extinction and environmental degradation will spark inspired dialogue among book clubbers.

Beloved naturalist Edward O. Wilson became intrigued by ants as a boy in Mobile, Alabama. That interest developed into a lifelong preoccupation, and in Tales From the Ant World, he shares personal anecdotes and scientific insights related to the insect. From the fire ant to the uncommon New Caledonian bull ant, Wilson looks at 25 different species. His book is packed with fascinating ant-inspired trivia and research stories, and Wilson’s always absorbing voice makes potentially dry subjects such as biodiversity, the world’s ecosystems and scientific methodology endlessly fascinating.

Patrik Svensson’s The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination With the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World sheds new light on an elusive animal. Although research studies related to the eel are plentiful, scientists still know very little about the fish. For example, eels have never been observed giving birth or mating, and they inexplicably swim back to the ocean near the end of their life, even though they spend the majority of their time in fresh water. Svensson chronicles the eel’s remarkable existence through a synthesis of history, science and memoir. Readers will find plenty to talk about in his compelling narrative, such as evolution and the limits of scientific research.

Jennifer Ackerman investigates avian traits in The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think. Providing a fresh take on our fine-feathered friends, Ackerman analyzes recent scientific research into bird habits related to communication, reproduction and feeding practices. She takes a multifaceted approach to her subject, creating a narrative that will cause many readers to revise their perceptions of birds as simple creatures. Book clubs can dig into rich topics such as animal cognition and species development.

Tales From the Ant World
By Edward O. Wilson
Liveright

ISBN 9781324091097

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Fathoms

Fathoms

By Rebecca Giggs
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 9781982120702
Tales From the Ant World

Tales From the Ant World

By Edward O. Wilson
Liveright
ISBN 9781324091097
The Book of Eels

The Book of Eels

By Patrik Svensson
Ecco
ISBN 9780062968821
The Bird Way

The Bird Way

By Jennifer Ackerman
Penguin
ISBN 9780735223035

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