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'Sex On Six Legs': When Insects Go Wild

August 15, 2011

"Everything you wanted to know about bug sex (but didn't bother to ask) is explained in a new book by insect expert Marlene Zuk. Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from the Insect World, describes a world of small — but surprisingly sophisticated — insect behavior.

Insects are not mindless robots; they can learn just like other animals, says Zuk, a biologist at University of California, Riverside. "An ant who finds a food source will come back to recruit others to go to the same food source," she tellsFresh Air's Dave Davies. The ant that knows where to go will show the others what to do....

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 From the judges: Shell Games is a wonderful combination of solid reporting, good historical research and fine writing. In it, Seattle Times environment reporter Craig Welch tackles the issue of geoduck clam poaching and smuggling. It is an issue that could easily be reported as a local story, but Welch expands it into an international one, making clear to readers who live outside the Pacific Northwest why the issue matters. The original investigative reporting on the black market for these aquatic creatures makes it a terrific work of journalism; the strong narrative as the author follows undercover agents keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.

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 Author of 1688: THE FIRST MODERN REVOLUTION, Steve Pincus's ORIGINS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, to Chris Rogers at Yale University Press, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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Author of 1688: THE FIRST MODERN REVOLUTION, Steve Pincus's ORIGINS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, to Chris Rogers at Yale University Press, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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THE BACK CHAMBER by Donald Hall 

"Hall’s been writing about approaching death ever since The Museum of Clear Ideas (1993). But, nine years after The Painted Bed, here’s another collection, in which he confesses an octogenarian’s further decrepitude but sure doesn’t sound about to expire—not in the eldritch jump-rope rhyme, “Apples Peaches,” anyway. Many of the short poems in the book’s first part are wholly or partly concerned with eros, lovemaking—you know, fucking. What’s more, one of the three “extra innings” (an inning consists of nine stanzas of nine lines of nine syllables—a form Hall introduced in the nine-part “Baseball” in Museum) lets slip that Hall has (or has had, as the ruefully wry, repetitious “Three Women” may imply) another lover since the death of his wife, Jane...

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Can Bugs Improve Your Sex Life?


By Marlene Zuk

"When people are interviewing you about your book but have not read it, they ask stock questions that most authors find difficult to answer, or at least answer with any sort of creativity. One of the more common of these is “What did you find in your research into the topic that surprised you?” presumably because it isn’t enough simply to determine what’s in the book that might be of interest to the reader. Apparently one has to find out something even the author didn’t know beforehand. With a title like “Sex on Six Legs,” so far the biggest surprise has been that no one has assumed that the book is about threesomes, though I...

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  Nearly every Sunday morning in the summer, we go into town to the Maine Coast Book Shop to pick up the newspapers, perhaps have a cup of coffee, and always browse.  And nearly every Sunday, we come home with a book or two that we never would have found on line.  We have iPads, and yes, I’ve even bought and read a book or two on mine.  But you simply can’t browse for books on line, and readers everywhere will lose the serendipity of finding something they didn’t know they were seeking if we lose our bookstores.   This week’s find:  The Hercules Cup by Bettany Hughes.  I loved her book on Helen of Troy, so couldn’t resist this one.  50 pages in and I’m glad I bought it!  So, next time you pass a bookstore, stop in, and you’ll find something magical.  Guaranteed.

--Wendy Strothman

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Hidden Gems And 'Killer Stuff': A Flea Market How-To

All Things Considered (NPR) 



June 18, 2011

"The flea market day starts long before the crowds stream in, says author Maureen Stanton. And that's when the real deals go down.

"The dealers are here, sometimes right at the crack of dawn," she tells NPR's Laura Sullivan. "The antique dealers, generally, are 'picking' the other tables ... looking for the thing that they can resell for double or triple or 10-fold."

Stanton has written a new book about this growing subculture, Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America.

Her main character is a man she calls Curt...

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Book is a revolutionary product: Bio Optical Organiced Knowledge device...  Find out about its amazing advantages! (English subtitles)

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