WILD ONES

Jon Mooallem’s book Wild Ones launches today so be sure to get your copy!

Jon’s journey is framed by the stories of three modern-day endangered species: the polar bear, victimized by climate change and ogledWild Ones by tourists outside a remote northern town; the little-known Lange’s metalmark butterfly, foundering on a shred of industrialized land near San Francisco; and the whooping crane as it’s led on a months-long migration by costumed men in ultralight airplanes.

The wilderness that Wild Ones navigates is a scrappy, disorderly place where amateur conservationists do grueling, sometimes preposterous-looking work; where a marketer maneuvers to control the polar bear’s image while Martha Stewart turns up to film those beasts for her show on the Hallmark Channel. Our most comforting ideas about nature unravel. In their place, Mooallem forges a new and affirming vision of the human animal and the wild ones as kindred creatures on an imperfect planet.

“Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America,” is published by Penguin Press, New York.

Excerpts from the back cover…..

….Our most comforting ideas about nature unravel. In their place, Mooallem forges a new and affirming vision of the human animal and the wild ones as kindred creatures on an imperfect planet.
….With propulsive curiosity and searing wit, and without the easy moralizing and nature worship of environmental journalism’s older guard, Wild Ones merges reportage, science, and history into a humane and endearing meditation on what it means to live in, and bring a life into, a broken world.

More about the author: Jon has been a Contributing Writer to the New York Times Magazine since 2006 and also writer at large for Pop-Up Magazine, the live magazine, performed on stage, in San Francisco. He has contributed to This American LifeHarper’sWiredThe New YorkerRadiolab and lots of other magazines and radio shows.

Check out the video trailer below and the books website for more information, including where you can get your copy!

WILD ONES book trailer from Jon Mooallem on Vimeo.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Margie Tomlinson May 17, 2013 2:18 pm

    Just ordered a copy from Amazon, so will see how it reads.

  2. Chix Laces May 17, 2013 11:20 am

    I got my copy yesterday!