2021-10-19

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

Barnes & Noble 2020 Book of the Year A Kirkus Prize Finalist for Nonfiction A Southern Book Prize Finalist An NPR Best Book of 2020 An Esquire Best Book of 2020 A BookPage Best Book of 2020 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020 A Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Pick for 2020 An Indie Next Pick, September 2019 A Publishers Weekly "Big Indie Book of Fall 2020" A BuzzFeed Best Book of Fall 2020 A Literary Hub "Most Anticipated Book of 2020 A Ralph Lauren Summer Reading Recommendation A Garden & Gun Summer Reading Recommendation A Bustle "Best Book of Fall 2020 Named a "Most Anticipated Book of 2020" by The Millions An Alma "Favorite Book for Fall 2020" A Literary Hub "Recommended Climate Read for September 2020" A Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Reading Recommendation for Fall 2020 From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction - a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted - no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape - she was able to turn to our world’s fierce and funny creatures for guidance. “What the peacock can do,” she tells us, “is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life.” The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world’s gifts. Warm and lyrical, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy. 


Book Details

Book Title: World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

Book Author: Aimee Nezhukumatathil,Brilliance Audio

Book Category: -

ISBN: B08DYCYLMD