What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds

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Price
$30.00  $27.90
Publisher
Penguin Press
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.42 X 9.54 X 1.21 inches | 1.33 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780593298886

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About the Author
Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for more than three decades. Her previous book, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think, was a finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Her New York Times bestselling book, The Genius of Birds, has been translated into twenty-five languages and was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2016 by The Wall Street Journal, a Best Science Book by NPR's Science Friday, and a Nature Book of the Year by The Sunday Times. Her other books include Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, and Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity. Ackerman's articles and essays have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and many other publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Reviews
"Ackerman is a warm and companionable guide, so enthusiastic about her subject that I suspect even the avian-indifferent will be charmed by her encounters with owls and the dedicated people who study them." --The New York Times

"[Ackerman] offers an absorbing ear-tuft-to-tail appreciation of the raptor that Mary Oliver, a poet, called a 'god of plunge and blood.' Owls, it seems, know a lot. Ms. Ackerman draws on recent research to explain what and how." --The Economist

"A fascinating read on how scientists are beginning to better understand the lives and ecology of these secretive and rarely visible birds." --Science

"An enchanting guide." --People

"'What is it about owls that so enthralls us?' . . . [Ackerman] explores this question with her trademark thoroughness and care, leading readers on an in-depth tour through the extraordinary world of owls . . . Edifying and immersive." --Bookpage (starred review)

"[A] masterful survey . . . There's fascinating trivia on every page, making for a revelatory glimpse into the lives of the 'enigmatic' raptors. Bird lovers will be enthralled." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fascinating food for thought for owl seekers and sure to please any lover of immersive treks into the lives of birds." --Kirkus (starred review)

"Always eloquent and engaging, science writer Ackerman turns her attention to owls, those mysterious, nocturnal birds that everyone can recognize but few really know . . . Ackerman's latest vivid and compelling narrative is enlivened by her own passion for owls and her excitement over discoveries in the wild that show that, for humans, owls continue to be full of surprises . . . Captivating." --Booklist (starred review)