Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace
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Fascinating . . . [Becoming Wild] gives the reader a sense of being near these creatures and experiencing some of the most seductive environments on Earth. . . . Safina's prose achieves the elusive goal of being both informative and luminously evocative.
--The Wall Street Journal
--NPR [Safina] turns the human view of animal cultures on its head. . . . Becoming Wild demands that we wake up and realize that we are intrinsically linked to our other-than-human neighbors.
--The Telegraph (UK) "[Safina] shows us something too often overlooked in research and in conservation: who animals are, and how they live. . . . [And] it's the stories of Safina's days with these animals that move us."
--The New York Times Engrossing. . . . In addition to fascinating dispatches from the ecological front lines [and] first-rate nature writing . . . Safina imparts a naturalist's sense of unending wonder.
--The Christian Science Monitor "Engaging and eye-opening. . . . Safina's enthusiasm for the animal kingdom is contagious, and his clear writing makes his wide-reaching subject both approachable and tangible."
--Shelf Awareness (starred review) Safina's lovely account of his travels with researchers . . . reveals majestic, closely knit communities. . . . And few readers will doubt that these magnificent creatures need urgent attention. Enthralling.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "[A] bracing and enlightening book. . . . Safina's writing on the watery depths and its denizens is sublime . . . [challenging] us to be more acutely aware of species whose social lives have much to teach us."
--Science "Full of rich observations . . . Becoming Wild offers readers a window into the complex and curious lives of the three species it depicts and invites [us] to observe the beauty and joy of each species's nuances."
--BookPage "[A journey into] the wonder of life itself. . . . Becoming Wild is a warm and beckoning paean to our natural world."
--The East Hampton Star Safina writes with passion and a sense of humor . . . reminding readers to contemplate the natural world as they think about their own points of vulnerability and resilience."
--Washington Monthly An immersion in nature.
--AARP The Magazine "Seminal. . . . By drawing attention to the importance of regional variation and acculturated behavior, Safina raises important issues for environmentalists."
--Natural History Eloquent. . . . This revelatory work sheds as much light on what it means to be human as it does on the nature of other species.
--Publishers Weekly Praise for Carl Safina "Dr. Safina is a terrific writer, majestic and puckish in equal measure, with a contagious enthusiasm. . . . He draws out haunting resonances between animal lives and our own. . . . Captivating."
--The New York Times "[Safina] felicitously combines lambent writing with dazzling facts . . . illuminating our knowledge of significant and engaging subjects."
--The Washington Post "Brilliant . . . Each of Safina's beautifully limned animal portraits is the weight of human influence and a challenge to exercise the power of empathy. . . . [Safina] is a font of research, his wonder contagious."
--Elle "Safina's engaging writing takes readers along on his journey, so that we learn about these creatures as he does. . . . His adventures with researchers observing wild animals in the field are fascinating . . . entertaining, and informative."