The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 8.7 X 1.5 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author
Cynthia Barnett is the author of three previous books, including Rain, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and named a finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing. She lives with her family in Gainesville, Florida, where she is also Environmental Journalist in Residence at the University of Florida.
Full of fascinating and important stories, vividly evoked. I was captivated by both the wonders of molluscan life and by the many unexpected ways that shells live at the center of human cultures. A must-read for anyone interested in the riches of the living Earth.--David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen
In the deeply researched tradition of Rachel Carson's sea trilogy, Cynthia Barnett enchantingly weaves poetic musings with deep-seated conservation wisdom and ocean science. An instant classic of nature history--a science-driven work of literature full of seaside grandeur.--Douglas Brinkley, best-selling author of The Wilderness Warrior
Writing with clarity and heart, turning science into prose and history into useful knowledge, Cynthia Barnett has given us a book for the ages. The Sound of the Sea is timely and mind-opening, echoing voices from the wondrous world of shell-harbored creatures of the sea. She urges us to give them our ear in ways we never have before, for in this transitional age, their truth is our fate, their wisdom our answer, and their future our hope.--Jack E. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf
The Sound of the Sea is as exquisite, many-chambered, and luminous as the shells Cynthia Barnett describes in her wild and hybrid book. It is a travelogue, a finely argued indictment of colonization and capitalism, a reanimation of scientists lost to the official narrative, and, most ringingly, the story of the way shells and the soft and vulnerable animals within them reflect back both the greatness of human ingenuity and the equally immense and rippling effect of human harm to the natural world. This song of mingled praise and warning left me shell-shocked, wonder-struck, utterly delighted.--Lauren Groff, best-selling author of Florida
The Sound of the Sea is one of those rare, knockout books that has you gasping in surprise on every page. From the prehistoric to the present, seashells have suffused human life, from giving voice to ancient gods to spurring climate solutions today. Thank you, Cynthia Barnett, for honoring the gifts the mollusks have left us, and--like the conch shells that once called the faithful to worship--for giving them the voice to speak for the imperiled ocean.--Sy Montgomery, best-selling author of The Soul of an Octopus
Riveting...[A]n entertaining, colorful tour of a surprisingly dynamic part of nature.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Well-researched, consistently illuminating...An absolutely captivating nature book.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred)"