- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623363853
- ISBN-13: 978-1623363857
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 22.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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"For days, I was reading passages from 'Unseen City' aloud and repeating my new discoveries to whoever would listen. But this is more than a trove of facts: it's a model for city living. Nathanael Johnson's curiosity is contagious--an irresistible call into the wild world waiting just steps away on the sidewalk. I loved this book." -Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
"A delightful romp through the lives of species we humans (without irony!) dismiss as 'invasives'--and a very funny guide to how we in fact create our cities together with creatures and plants we barely see or acknowledge. Nathanael Johnson is now officially one of my favorite storytellers." -Jenny Price, Urban Ranger and author of Flight Maps
"Curiosity is one of the most appealing of human qualities, and the best thing about Unseen City isn't that Johnson has it -- it's that he makes it infectious. Anyone can take a close look at snails -- or weeds or squirrels or ginkgos -- but Johnson, in smart, gentle prose, will make you wonder why you never did." -Tamar Haspel, Washington Post columnist
"It might seem odd at first to have a book about the wonder of nature focusing on those familiar backyard nuisances such as pigeons and snails. But as Johnson eloquently demonstrates, if we miss what is close at hand we miss something special about what it means to be alive."-Mark Lynas, environmental activist and author of The God Species
"The city is alive with life, crazy with biodiversity we hardly ever notice. Nathanael Johnson set out to show his daughter the wonder all around her, and here he shares that gift with you. Charming, insightful, and eye-opening - this is a book that'll rekindle your love of nature, and have you looking at your own city with fresh eyes." -Ramez Naam, author of The Nexus trilogy
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It really makes you stop and realize that, even while you're in a bustling urban environment, you still ARE in nature. Considering that 'being in nature' is a source of calm for a lot of people, awakening yourself to that fact makes life in a city just ~that more peaceful.
There are so many questions out there about nature that demand answers, and you will be made more aware of them. For the naturally curious, this book just makes cities curiouser and curiouser.