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Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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“I read your book, and I'm all itchy.”―Dave Davies, NPR’s “Fresh Air”
“A word of warning: Some of the descriptions ahead might trigger your gag reflex.”―Terry Gross, NPR’s “Fresh Air”
About the Author
Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She is the cofounder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books.
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This book is cleverly illustrated with detailed pencil sketches. The bugs are classified as either Horrible; Painful; Dangerous; Destructive; or Deadly. These headings alone suggest an intriguing read.
Just a sample of the content includes the Death Watch Beetle – Destructive. This infamous insect provided the dramatic dirge of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” It sits in the rafters of a house, munching at the beams as it tick-ticks the wood, calling to its mate. Its reputation goes back to 18th century when it was labeled as an omen portending death.
A common household nuisance, the Bed Bug, is a tenacious and painful member of the Cimicidae family. Traveling at night, the bed bug gets ahold of its dinner by gently attaching its stylets into the skin as it releases an anticoagulant insuring a good feed. The bites of this night visitor can cause allergic reactions, secondary infections, anemia, swelling, and rashes. The author makes suggestions for besting the bed bug, but also makes it clear that this is no easy task.
Stewart provides some basic facts about each of the 36 bugs mentioned in her book. Size, family, habitat, and distribution data are provided for each. A list of recommended reading and resources is also provided by the author. She further makes apologies for her misuse of the term “bug.” She bows to the distinctions between a bug and an insect, but then, proceeds to use the word “bug” throughout. If you can abide this misnomer, you should find “Wicked Bugs” a delightful and educational read.
"Bugs" here is used to describe a broad range of critters, from the microscopic tot he large, and from insects and spiders etc. through various kinds of worms. The tags range from "deadly" to "horrible", with stops at "painful", "dangerous", and "destructive". It's a horror show!
The writing and the wonderful production values in the book help to ease one through all the revoltingness, though, and make the book both an entertaining and darkly fun read. Each pest, or category of pest, gets its own short essay, complete with lurid details about what's so icky about them.
The artwork by Briony Morrow-Cribbs adds much to the enjoyment. Even the most skin-crawly of critters somehow looks better in her wonderful illustrations (and somehow less likely to give one nightmares), especially combined with the excellent layout and the 2-color printing. It's a very elegant book.
I got this at least a year ago, after loving 2 of her other books- "Drunken Botanist" and "Wicked Plants". I'd recommend these too. I'd put of reading this one, though, because bugs do make my skin crawl in general. I would not recommend it to the currently phobic!
It's a great book on scary. revolting, and creepy topics that are nonetheless a part of life- and it's beautifully done. Recommended- with caution!
Keep writing!!! I see mushrooms in the future!