Despicable Species: On Cowbirds, Kudzu, Hornworms, and Other Scourges

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  • Original Price:  $16.95
  • Author:  Janet Lembke
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158574199X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585741991
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds


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In fourteen gloriously revelatory essays, Lembke ponders some of the most loathsome creatures on the planet. But for every creature’s nasty reputation, there is a silver lining, which Lembke brings to our attention with dazzlingly researched bits of history, science, and culture.

These beautifully written pieces are graced with fantastic allusions to Greek and Roman mythology, Shakespeare, and classical music – as well as downright hilarious personal anecdotes. It is proof of the symbiosis of all living things, and of the undeniable truth that we are all stuck with one another on this small and fragile planet. All lovers of nature and lovers of natural storytellers will love Despicable Species.


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