The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.56 X 0.94 X 8.44 inches | 0.59 pounds

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About the Author

Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of many highly acclaimed works of nonfiction, including A Natural History of the Senses -- a book beloved by readers all over the worldand the volumes Deep Play, A Slender Thread, The Rarest of the Rare, A Natural History of Love, The Moon by Whale Light, and a memoir on flying, On Extended Wings.

Her poetry has been collected into six volumes, among them Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems and, most recently, Praise My Destroyer.

Ms. Ackerman has received many prizes and awards, including the John Burroughs Nature Award and the Lavan Poetry Prize. A Visiting Professor at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, she was the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor at the University of Richmond. Ms. Ackerman also has the unusual distinction of having had a molecule named after her -- dianeackerone. She lives in upstate New York.


Exquisite and startling.--Tim Flannery
Diane Ackerman's vivid writing, inexhaustible stock of insights, and unquenchable optimism have established her as a national treasure, and as one of our great authors. If you've read any of her previous books, you already know why you'll love this latest one. If you haven't read her previous books, you're now about to become addicted to Diane Ackerman.--Jared Diamond, professor of geography at UCLA and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse
Splendidly prismatic...[N]early every page holds surprises.--Andrew C. Revkin
Ackerman is a gorgeous writer and perceptive observer.--Kate Tuttle
Ferociously inspiring.--Alan Moores
Amazingly illuminating...Ackerman reaches into the past to understand and explain our future...with her typically intoxicating blend of scholarship, wisdom, grace, and humor.--Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
Fascinating...Ackerman offers a cross-cultural tour of human ingenuity...Her words invite us to feel the hope she feels.--Barbara J. King
With graceful intelligence, Ackerman calls for an enlightened guardianship for the planet. I cannot imagine a richer text of image and insight.--Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women Were Birds
A humdinger of a book...Ackerman is optimistic, even exhilarated, and frequently giddy about the future of humanity.--Jon Christensen