Capital Region Reads: Science writer back with look at human-wildlife interactions

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This edition of Capital Region Reads features a bit of adventure and a genre-bending tale, with two recommendations from Linda Loeser, adult services librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

“Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” by Mary Roach

Mary Roach, the quirky science writer of such previous titles as “Gulp,” “Stiff,” and “Bonk,” is back with her newest book, “Fuzz.” Treading the line between wildlife and the law, Roach explores how politics, climate change and religion can complicate human-wildlife interactions worldwide.

 
The author highlights people who are genuinely passionate about the work they’re doing and also includes suggestions for readers on how to deal ethically (and successfully) with their own wildlife issues, wherever they live.

​“When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky” by Margaret Verble

It’s Nashville, 1926, and Cherokee horse-diver Two Feathers has temporarily left a Wild West show to work at the Glendale Park Zoo. After catastrophe strikes one of her shows and her beloved mare,​ ​Ocher​,​​​ dies, Two Feathers joins with other park workers to discover what happened.

 
Weaving period details with supernatural elements, Verble addresses key issues of the time while spinning her ghost story around the fictionalized employees of a park that actually existed.
 
The author is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Categories: Life and Arts

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