The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
A 21st Century BestiaryBook - 2013
With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings , Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson's book--from the axolotl to the zebrafish--are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up--that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined. The yeti crab, for example, uses its furry claws to farm the bacteria on which it feeds. The waterbear, meanwhile, is among nature's "extreme survivors," able to withstand a week unprotected in outer space. These and other strange and surprising species invite readers to reflect on what we value--or fail to value--and what we might change.
A powerful combination of wit, cutting-edge natural history, and philosophical meditation, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is an infectious and inspiring celebration of the sheer ingenuity and variety of life in a time of crisis and change.
From Library Staff
multcolib_hollywood Nov 19, 2014
multcolib_tamaf Apr 30, 2014
Amazing collection of bizarre animals, gorgeously illustrated, one for each letter of the alphabet. Some really deliciously witty natural history with the bonus of it feeling as if it's an old-fashioned bestiary from the Enlightenment.
multcolib_tamaf Dec 03, 2013
Go to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up, that are more astonishing than anything we can imagine. Great combo of cutting-edge natural history, philosophical meditation and wit. A beautiful book to hold and read.
multcolib Nov 25, 2013
Explore a world of real creatures that seem as though they should be made up--and that are more astonishing than anything we might have imagined.