Insectopedia

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Product Details

Price
$18.00
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
Pages
480
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.96 X 7.98 inches | 1.06 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781400096961
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About the Author

Hugh Raffles teaches anthropology at The New School. He is the author of In Amazonia: A Natural History, which received the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. His essays have appeared in Best American Essays, Granta, and Orion. Insectopedia is the recipient of a Special Award for Extending Ethnographic Understanding from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. In 2009, he received a Whiting Writers' Award. He lives in New York City.

Visit the author's website at: www.insectopedia.org.

Reviews

"A collection of imaginative forays into what, for most readers, will be terra incognita. . . . Insectopedia qualifies as food for thought. . . . As inventive and wide ranging and full of astonishing surprises as the vast insect world itself. Raffles takes us on a delirious journey."
--The New York Times

"Impossible to categorize, wildly stimulating. . . . A disconcerting, fantastical, (multi-)eye-opening journey into another existence."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Vivid and fascinating. . . . This book will challenge your view of insects and make you see these wonderful creatures from a new perspective."
--New Scientist

"As Raffles shows our nearby neighbors to be at once dangerous and beautiful, common and incomprehensible, he refracts a world that is newly fascinating."
--Audubon Magazine (Editors' Choice)

"[A] big, beautiful testament to the glory of paying attention."
--The Boston Globe

"The coolest, most beautifully written book on bugs imaginable."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Sings with scholarship, deft writing, and an authentic fascination with the six-legged creatures that have so long roamed the Earth."
--Seed Magazine

"Combines elements of science, history, travel and popular culture to form a sparkling whole, a wide-ranging and idiosyncratic survey of a world we all too often scorn or swat. . . . [Raffles] reminds us of the connections among all creatures, of the unfathomable mysteries that separate us, and of the fragility and resilience of life."
--The Providence Journal

"A revelation of the world of our fellow creatures . . . by a writer whose style is equal to his huge and strange task."
--Buffalo News (Editor's Choice)

"Unusual and most engaging."
--The Seattle Times

"Provocative. . . . Insectopedia opens up a can of worms and it's doubtful they can be herded back in."
--Santa Cruz Sentinel

"Lucid and often beautifully constructed prose. . . . We can't recommend it highly enough."
--Austin Chronicle

"The most readable book ever written about insects."
--The Stranger

"Gorgeous, fascinating, and thought-provoking. . . . A stunning, sensitively written, insightful book. . . . Raffles set out to write a book about how people learn something new about themselves through relationships with insects, and he succeeded admirably."
--Bookslut