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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other… (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Autor)

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Títol:World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments
Autors:Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Autor)
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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments de Aimee Nezhukumatathil (2020)

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I spent an exceptionally pleasant afternoon reading this gem by acclaimed poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders. Is there a "nature memoir" book category? She lovingly praises parts of nature that have struck her fancy.

"It is this way with wonder: it takes a bit of patience, and it takes putting yourself in the right place at the right time. It requires that we be curious enough to forgo our small distractions in order to find the world.

“How can one even imagine us getting back to a place where we know the names of the trees we walk by every single day? A place where “a bird” navigating a dewy meadow is transformed into something more specific, something we can hold onto by feeling its name on our tongues: brown thrasher. Or that “big tree”: catalpa. Maybe what we can do when we feel overwhelmed is to start small. Start with what we have loved as kids and see where that leads us.”

She uses these small starts to lead her to musing about their relationship to her life - as a child, as a mother, as a wife and as a poet. some of my favorite chapters were about potoos (little birds that eat mosquitoes), dragonfruit (a childhood delicacy) and fireflies, which take her in several directions. Flamingos remind her of nights joyfully dancing as a teen, and the fear of encountering a bad guy on the dark walk home. Some things remind her of her experiences as a brown girl among whites.

“I began scribbling in notebooks and notebooks, trying to write my way into being since I never saw anyone who looked like me in books, movies, or videos. None of this writing was what I would remotely call poetry, but I know it had a lyric register. I was teaching myself (and badly copying) metaphor. I was figuring out the delight and pop of music, and the electricity on my tongue when I read out loud. I was at the surface again. I was once more the girl who had begged my parents and principal to let me start school a whole year early. And I was hungry.”

This is one worth owning. Kudos to my bride for giving it to me. ( )
1 vota jnwelch | Aug 2, 2021 |
Bits of biography poetically told against the construct of naturalist encyclopedia entries. I was mildly annoyed that the author used 'Western New York' throughout in describing where some of her observations are taking place rather than being location specific. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Jun 8, 2021 |
A beautiful exploration of the world and one brown woman's place in it. Thoughtful, quietly powerful, and full of interesting bits of knowledge on all sorts of little-known wildlife--it will propel you to take your kids, grandkids, or friends outdoors at once. ( )
  dele2451 | May 20, 2021 |
Seventeen of Aimee Nezhukumatathil's twenty-two students had never seen-- or even heard of-- fireflies. Instead of exploring the world around them, they spend their free time indoors in front of the screens of televisions, computers, and phones. This series of essays tells of Aimee's love of the natural world, how it has sustained her and inspired her throughout the years.

The author has lived in a variety of places in the United States: on the grounds of a mental institution in Kansas, in the mountains of Arizona, and in the colder climes of Ohio and western New York. Daughter of a Filipino mother and an Indian father, Aimee and her sister often lived in areas where there were extremely few people of color, and people could be hurtful. Many are the times that something in the natural world, be it a tree, an insect, or any other living thing sustained Aimee and helped her cope.

Having explored the natural world and become acquainted with its balm and solace, I enjoyed this series of essays, in particular one entitled "Questions While Searching for Birds with My Two Half-White Sons, Aged Six and Nine, National Audubon Bird Count Day, Oxford, MS." While simple in form, this essay was so vivid that I could easily picture it and enjoy all it had to say.

If you would like to spend an afternoon in the natural world learning about some of its wonders and becoming acquainted with a very talented writer, pick up a copy of World of Wonders. Afterward, go outside to appreciate the flowers, the sky, and the birdsong. ( )
2 vota cathyskye | Apr 19, 2021 |
A memoir formed by a series of essays, each taking a (beautifully illustrated) animal or other manifestation of nature as metaphor for some aspect of her life: the love of her Indian/Filipina family; the racist and misogynist society around them; forming her own family and career; concern about humanity's effect on the environment and on itself. ( )
  zeborah | Apr 4, 2021 |
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The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. —Rabindranath Tagore
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.--Rabindranath Tagore
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For my parents—Paz and Matthew, my first wonders
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A catalpa can give two brown girls in western Kansas a green umbrella from the sun.
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