Date: 7/2/18 12:58 pm
From: Leslie Peacock <lesliepeacock...>
Subject: Re: Cheryl and Norman Lavers' "100 Insects..." book

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 2:58 PM, Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...>

> Please tell me how much is the book and how to order it, even though I saw
> the original post about it being published.
> Thanks, and I'll plan to get a copy.
> Bill Thurman
> On Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 14:49 Janine Perlman <jpandjf...> wrote:
>> This is an overdue post in unreserved praise of a most wonderful book,
>> arkansas-and-the-midsouth-portraits-stories.
>> The two hours it took me to savor it cover to cover were some of the most
>> enjoyable and compelling reading I can recall. For those who haven't yet
>> read it, Norman and Cheryl have chosen representative species from nine
>> insect orders, and offer "portraits and stories" of each. The portraits
>> are photographic and verbal, which, merging with the stories, are riveting
>> narratives that variously include habitat, anatomy, life history, habits,
>> reproduction, food, behavior, parasites, and defenses against predators---a
>> glimpse of each species' niche in the larger ecology that is home to all of
>> us.
>> Better informed thanks to the book, I'm noticing with new eyes and more
>> interest the insects I encounter every day. The species described in "100
>> Insects..." are generally representative of many related ones also found in
>> Arkansas, and I expect to continue to regularly use the book as a reference.
>> The stories are not merely fascinating and brimming with the Laverses'
>> quiet passion for their subjects; they are also peppered with sly, gentle,
>> often self-effacing humor. The reader ends up with much affection,
>> gratitude and admiration, for both the insects and the authors.
>> -Janine

*Leslie Peacock*
*Managing Editor*
*Arkansas Times*

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