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The Wild Life in An Island House Paperback – October 3, 2006

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The Wild Life in an Island House is a must-read for anyone contemplating to moving to a tropical island. This amusingly entertaining and informative little book describes the challenges and wonders one experiences in living in such close proximity with nature as one must when living on a tropical island. Gail Karlsson's personal experiences made me laugh out loud as I read her book. I, who also live on a tropical island, have had many similar experiences with wild life in my home. Those of us who choose to live in 'paradise' either love it or hate it based on whether we find our extremely close proximity to nature either a wonder or exasperation. The whimsical illustrations throughout the book of the cast of characters residing in or around tropical homes adds to this delightful book. Wild Life is also very informative, interweaving facts, that even I as a fairly long-time island resident, was not aware. I am sure other islanders will find the same. --John Meade Levering

Just sat down and read this wonderful book right through. A perfect little book. The tone of humor and curiosity were spot on, transmitting an inviting view of how to live with and be intrigued by life's daily creatures. Would have bought this book for the cover alone. The drawings drew me into each chapter with a smile. very engaging. --Mary Frank

After a brief introduction that provides some background about her family and how they ended up on St. John, Gail devotes each of her chapters to a member of what she calls a 'witch's brew' of wildlife that have become 'household partners' with her and her family as they define their life on the island. From ants to termites, with bush cats and rats thrown into the mix, she has something to say about all those little critters we either come to know and love...or not. As Gail makes clear, it depends largely on your attitude. .... --Martha Hills, The St. John Sun Times

About the Author

Gail Karlsson is an environmental lawyer and a consultant to the United Nations on sustainable development. She and her family have had a house in the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1991. The idea for this book grew out of her reports on environmental issues and island wildlife for the St. John Times.

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