Animals Strike Curious Poses (Hardcover)
In 16 witty essays, told in 16 distinct voices, Passarello gives us a smart, entertaining history of animals. Funny, ironic, and at times tragic, the book outlines the relationship between animals and humans through the ages. It brings to light how our furry, feathered, scaly friends have affected our art, science, mythology, and philosophy. The essays are elegant in their depiction of the admiration, curiosity, and cruelty we have heaped on animals over the years, and how creatures from woolly mammoths to spiders have borne it all with dignity. The design of the book is gorgeous, with an eyecatching cover and shadow drawings of each animal. A must-read for animal lovers of all stripes and spots.— Peggy Latkovich
Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the 16 essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, these witty, playful, whipsmart essays traverse history, myth, science, and more, bringing each beast vibrantly to life.
Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Fellowship in nonfiction. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
About the Author
Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. Passarello lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.