“Don't let the gory subject matter repel you from this charming account of the cast of kings, artists, biologists, circus performers, and ordinary folks who populate the world of taxidermy. Madden's investigation is marked by appealing candor, literary references, and atmospheric descriptions of (and fondness for) the subculture and its adherents…this book muses with verve and wit on the relationships between human and animal, art and artifact, as well as on the collector's obsession.”– Publishers Weekly
Madden…investigates the subculture of taxidermy…[and] can be a bit tongue in cheek…when he wonders “what would happen if the tables were turned?” and the animals put the humans on display… [A] sometimes chilling tour of an intriguing subculture. – Kirkus Reviews
DAVE MADDEN is a professor at The University of Alabama. He lives in Tuscaloosa and co-edits The Cupboard, a quarterly pamphlet.
I couldn't put this book down! I had no idea how fascinating the history of taxidermy and natural history museums would be. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Laurie D.
Good book, enjoyable read. I got it because I was semi-interested in taking a class in taxidermy and wanted a peek into this strange and slightly gruesome world before taking the... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by KiwisGirl
I read Dan Madden's book in only a few days, despite the fact that school projects were looming, Thanksgiving was coming, there was grading to do, and all that. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Skoticus