World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil audiobook

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

By Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Read by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Brilliance Audio 9781571313652
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From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction―a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted―no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape―she was able to turn to our world’s fierce and funny creatures for guidance. “What the peacock can do,” she tells us, “is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life.” The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world’s gifts. Warm and lyrical, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy.

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Summary

New York Times bestseller

The #1 Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year

BookPage Best Book of the Year

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Summer Reads

A Literary Hub Pick of Best Books of Summer

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction―a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted―no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape―she was able to turn to our world’s fierce and funny creatures for guidance.

“What the peacock can do,” she tells us, “is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life.” The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world’s gifts.

Warm and lyrical, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Nezhukumtathil applies her skill as a poet to a scintillating series of short essays on nature.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] shimmering essay collection…a reminder to spend more time outdoors wondering at and cherishing this ‘magnificent and wondrous planet.’" Foreword Reviews (starred review)
“Brightly crafted microcosms of childhood, identity, belonging, parenthood, and memory…The writing shines with a tactile and beautiful lyricism that reimagines the world we see every day and sparks new magic in it.” Ralph Lauren Magazine
“What a lovely book this is, gentle in its pacing…and quietly subversive in the way she channels its gusts of joy.” Literary Hub
“Heartwarming, poignant, and often funny.” Buzz Feed
“The writing dazzles with the marvel of being fully alive.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Runtime: 3.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English