Date: 7/2/18 1:58 pm From: Ann Gordon <chesterann...> Subject: Re: Cheryl and Norman Lavers' "100 Insects..." book
I second everything that Janine had to say. I absolutely love this book. It is truly like taking a walk with Norman and Cheryl and I heard their voices as I read it. I purchased a copy for myself and another for my great-granddaughter. Highly recommend!!
On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 2:49 PM, Janine Perlman <jpandjf...> wrote:
> This is an overdue post in unreserved praise of a most wonderful book, > http://www.etaliapress.com/new-products/100-insects-of- > 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 > > >