World of Wonders
In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other AstonishmentsBook - 2020 | First edition.
"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."--
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
Branch Call Number: 508 NEZHU
Characteristics: 165 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Essays. Selections