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Flight Maps: Adventures With Nature In Modern America Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0465024865 ISBN-10: 0465024866 Edition: New edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New edition edition (April 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465024866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465024865
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Flight Maps will provoke and excite you....Humor, self-scrutiny and a passion for ideas light up [its] pages." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Price's willingness to engage with natural phenomena anywhere she finds them is a refreshing change." -- New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jennifer Price attended Princeton University and received her Ph.D. in History from Yale. Her essays have appeared in the collections Uncommon Ground and The Nature of Nature. She lives in Los Angeles.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By millicentsomer on December 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Price's book (also her dissertation) starts strong, with a formidably researched essay on the extinction of the passenger pigeon that does none of the usual things: it doesn't dwell on man's brutality, it doesn't eulogize the pigeon. Instead, she very thoughtfully considers the ways in which people USE nature, and why, and explores the mystery (it remains a mystery) of exactly why the passenger pigeons disappeared.

Human uses of (and, maybe more importantly, imitations of) nature are the focus of the book. The plastic pink flamingo becomes Price's symbol for our strangely consumerist attitude toward nature. WHY do we have plastic pink flamingos? To Price, they're the most obvious example of "artificial" nature, and they've gone through an amazing range of cultural significance -- from bourgeois lawn ornament to embarrassingly loud "low-income" decoration to hipster accessory.

Price dwells on the symbolism of the flamingo more than is strictly necessary. The themes are a little worn by the time we get to her analysis of the the "nature store" phenomenon, all the Natural Wonders and Nature Companies that sprang up in the nineties. Very interesting, but again, her questions have been asked and answered so thoroughly by this time that I, for one, was TOO aware, by the time I finished, that this was a doctoral dissertation and not a book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Bernstein on June 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you think The Nature Company is an oxymoron, Price articulates exactly why that is. If you feel a sense of discomfort in today's society, yet feel vaguely guilty about that discomfort, Price explains that as well. This truly is a fabulous book that will have you thinking (and perhaps even shopping) differently immediately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justina of the Wild on February 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
...and entertaining. I just had a child so my outdoor time has been supplemented with reading about the outdoors. I had just finished reading THIS SIDE OF A WILDERNESS, by Daniel J. Rice, when this book FLIGHT MAPS arrived. After completing that book I had to wait a couple days before starting this one - that's what I always do with a good book so it has time to settle into memory. I was slightly disappointed with Flight maps at first - it didn't have the same introspective sensation, but by the time I got fifty pages in I was hooked. The only problem I forsee with me reading two books a week is that soon I must inevitably run out of ones as good as these two...
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