The Man-Made Disaster of “The Deadliest Animal in History”

Book review: No Beast So Fierce, by Dane Huckelbridge (Amazon / Book Depository) Around 1900 in India and Nepal, a Royal Bengal tiger had gone “cannibal”. That’s the term author John Vaillant attributes to Russians in The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, used for describing when a tiger preys on humans as its primary food source. The Champawat tiger would take 436 lives in … Continue reading The Man-Made Disaster of “The Deadliest Animal in History”

Nonfiction Classic: A “Young Writer’s Book” on the Natural World

Book review: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard (Amazon / Book Depository) I used to have a cat, an old fighting tom, who would jump through the open window by my bed in the middle of the night and land on my chest … And some mornings I’d wake in daylight to find my body covered with paw prints in blood; I looked as … Continue reading Nonfiction Classic: A “Young Writer’s Book” on the Natural World

The Strange and Sad History of Humans and Orcas

Book review: Orca, by Jason Colby (Amazon – Book Depository) Author Jason Colby’s father was one of the last orca hunters in Washington state, capturing the apex predator from its natural habitat to fill orders for aquariums worldwide. Colby writes this detailed, descriptive but very readable history of human-orca interactions from a place of lifelong personal interest, having witnessed his father’s deep regret over his … Continue reading The Strange and Sad History of Humans and Orcas

Tales from Yellowstone: Triumphs and Struggles of Wolf Reintroduction

Book review: American Wolf, by Nate Blakeslee (Amazon / Book Depository) Maybe you’ve seen this video that made the social media rounds awhile back, about the effects wolf reintroduction has had on Yellowstone National Park:   It’s a beautiful, almost heartwarming story of humans helping nature to right itself (after humans messed it up in the first place): a feared and misunderstood predator reintroduced to a park … Continue reading Tales from Yellowstone: Triumphs and Struggles of Wolf Reintroduction

100 Years Ago, We Became Afraid of Sharks

Book review: Close to Shore, by Michael Capuzzo (Amazon / Book Depository) This is a narrative nonfiction account of the infamous Jersey Shore shark attacks of the summer of 1916, which supposedly influenced Peter Benchley in writing Jaws. There are some recognizable similarities, and I actually love Jaws (yeah, I’ve only seen the movie), but honestly – I think I would’ve rather seen a movie of the events described here. In … Continue reading 100 Years Ago, We Became Afraid of Sharks