The Last Cold Place: A Field Season Studying Penguins in Antarctica

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Scribner Book Company
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6.0 X 8.6 X 1.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Naira de Gracia grew up moving around the world with her journalist parents and sibling. She graduated high school in Cairo, Egypt, and attended college in California. After completing her BA in biology, she worked as a wildlife technician for six years, on remote islands in the Hawaiian chain, the Antarctic, the Samoan archipelago, the Bering Sea and off the coast of California, continuously writing about her experiences. She currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand. The Last Cold Place is her first book.
"On the light-washed shores of Cape Shirreff, de Gracia finds meaning in a wilderness seemingly untouched by human presence. In her hands, a book about penguins in a time of climate change transforms into a poignant exploration of how to make sense of one's life, and how best to use it."
--Sarah Stewart Johnson, planetary scientist, Antarctic researcher, and author of The Sirens of Mars

"Naira de Gracia is the Jane Goodall of penguins we didn't know we needed. This masterful memoir is like a literary Blue Planet: de Gracia's gorgeous, cinematic prose brings us into the lives of pebble-pilfering penguins and wallowing seals, capturing the sublime natural beauty of a remote and frozen continent whose survival is deeply intwined with our own."
--Jennifer Worley, author of Neon Girls
"A compelling blend of memoir, environmental writing, and scientific exploration ... An intriguing, introspective account."

"de Gracia spent five months as a field worker gathering data on penguins on Antarctica's Livingston Island during 2016 and 2017... [she adds] personal flair to this quick read for penguin lovers."

"A well-written memoir of a scientific field study season. De Gracia engages and pulls the reader into the Antarctic summer, its climate, and its creatures; the penguins are, of course, completely enchanting."
--Library Journal