Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 in
Published: March 4, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1476767130
ISBN - 13: 9781476767130
From the Publisher
It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin (cohost of Discovery
Canada's Daily Planet) explains, it's also a dangerous,
disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living
things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their
homes, or have us spread their eggs. In Mother Nature Is Trying
to Kill You, Riskin is our guide through the natural world at
its most gloriously ruthless.
Using the seven deadly sins as a road map, Riskin offers dozens of
jaw-dropping examples that illuminate how brutal nature can truly
be. From slothful worms that hide in your body for up to thirty
years to wrathful snails with poisonous harpoons that can kill you
in less than five minutes to lustful ducks that have orgasms faster
than you can blink, these fascinating accounts reveal the candid
truth about "gentle" Mother Nature's true colors.
Riskin's passion for the strange and his enthusiastic expertise
bring Earth's most fascinating flora and fauna into vivid focus.
Through his adventures- which include sliding on his back through a
thick soup of bat guano just to get face-to-face with a vampire
bat, befriending a parasitic maggot that has taken root on his
head, and coming to grips with having offspring of his own-Riskin
makes unexpected discoveries not just about the world all around us
but also about the ways this brutal world has shaped us as humans
and what our responsibilities are to this terrible, wonderful
planet we call home.
"[An] absorbing and witty, if sometimes stomach-churning, catalog
of nature's more gruesome proclivities. . . . Riskin's book is an
entertaining and informative close-up look at the ingenious tricks
nature's creatures use to survive."