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Animals Strike Curious Poses
by Elena Passarello


Overview - Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the 16 essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, these witty, playful, whipsmart essays traverse history, myth, science, and more, bringing each beast vibrantly to life.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the 16 essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, these witty, playful, whipsmart essays traverse history, myth, science, and more, bringing each beast vibrantly to life.

Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Fellowship in nonfiction. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781941411391
  • ISBN-10: 1941411398
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 200
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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Books > Literary Collections > Essays
Books > Nature > Animals - General
Books > History > Essays

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

Passarello (Let Me Clear My Throat) traces stories of famous animals and how they reshape our thinking about humanity in this stunning collection of 17 brief essays. Some read as traditional essays, such as her mediations on the need for new language in an age of mass extinction, the way that artist Albrecht Dürers wildly inaccurate rhinoceros prints influenced popular imagination in 16th century Europe, and the authors personal encounter with a deformed goat who was billed as Lancelot, the Living Unicorn by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1985. Others are more genre-blending: Passarello inhabits the mind of Charles Darwins pet tortoise and imagines Koko the signing gorilla retelling the infamous Aristocrats joke in her limited vocabulary. Passarellos keen wit is on display throughout as she raises questions about the uniqueness of humans. Perhaps the most stunning work is her bricolage timeline of murderous elephants in America, which aligns their crimes and executions with the rise of electricity and capital punishment. The entire collection satisfies through a feast of surprising juxtapositions and gorgeous prose. (Mar.)

 
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