Despicable Species (Hc)

Despicable Species (Hc)In Fourteen Revealing Essays, Lembke Ponders Some Of The Most Loathsome Creatures With Which We Share The Planet But For Every Creature S Nasty Reputation, There Is A Silver Lining, Which Lembke, With Dazzlingly Researched Bits Of History, Science, And Culture, Deftly Brings To Our Attention There Is The European Starling, That Invader Of Nests And Devourer Of Fruit Crops The Great Mimic And Inspirer Of Mozart And Shakespeare The Grey Squirrel, Famed Pillager Of Yards And Bird Feeders And Vastly Entertaining Acrobat And Problem Solver The Horse Fly, Blood Sucking Insect With A Walloping Sting, Whose Maggots Exude Chemicals That Aid In Healing Human Tissue Mold The Astonishing Facts Of Fungi Sex Revealed That Famous Infant Abandoner, The Cowbird The Centipede The Hornworm The Opossum The Fruit Fly The Microbe Pfiestreria Piscicida, Deadly To Fish And Man, Of Which There Is Little Good To Say, Except That It Necessitates Our Own Clean Up Of Rivers Or Else Kudzu Sandspur And, Finally, Our Very Own Species

Janet Lembke 2 March 1933 3 September 2013 , n e Janet Nutt, was an American author, essayist, naturalist, translator and scholar She was born in Cleveland, Ohio during the Great Depression, graduated in 1953 from Middlebury College, Vermont, with a degree in Classics, and her knowledge of the classical Greek and Latin worldview, from Homer to Virgil, informed her life and work A Certified Vi

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Despicable Species (Hc)
  • Janet Lembke
  • English
  • 24 March 2019
  • 9781558216358

10 thoughts on “Despicable Species (Hc)

  1. says:

    Despicable Species is an interesting series of essays on the commonly hated species that exist within our day to day lives There are chapters on everything from kudzu to opossums, the proteus protista to hornwoms, and of course the much maligned centipedes are various flies This book was an interesting, enlightening read but suffers from the fact that it was published in 1999, and much has changed in the past several decades.I learned a lot from this book, but could see how to a enlightened reader the book could come across as a bit pedantic It suffers from the charm of being written largely from Janet Lembke s point of view, and its interspersed with musings about how these creatures relate to the Southeast, what it means to be a Southern writer, etc I found these musings pleasant, and overall enjoyed the tone of the book itself That having been said, I didn t go into this book with any particular expectations.This isn t so much a scientific book as it is a pleasant little natural study The final chapter, about the most despicable creatures of all humans, was a bit expected and not altogether as good a chapter as I would hope it would be At the end of the day we don t know if exterminating a whole species would negatively impact the ecosystem, but I think nowadays the thought is that it likely would rather than another creature will fill the niche Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and I hope to read like it in the future.

  2. says:

    I once read that if a person is not happy with a book within 50 pages, they should put it down and move to a new one This is the first book ever where I ve actually been tempted to do that Lembke discusses despicable species , organisms that humans dislike, for whatever reason I found these essays incredibly frustrating, lacking focus, and full of completely useless facts that tended to obscure the little biological information that was present Do I care that the author likes squirrel stew Not so much While the later chapters did tend to be clearly written, overall I thought this book was a huge waste of time And humans as the last chapter, perhaps the worst species of all How despicably cliche.

  3. says:

    Would have been a two, but I loved the last species she chosegreat choice I m glad the cowbird was listed too Loved the idea, but it could have been written better I respect her choices, but I definitely would have picked different species for the most part BTW, for some shameless self promotion, if you like reading about animals, check out my blog on wildlife at

  4. says:

    Despicable Species On Cowbirds, Kudzu, Hornworms, and Other Scourges by Janet Lembke Lyons Press 1999 577.85 The author has collected some loathsome critters for her essays Surprisingly, for every black sheep species, the author can find a silver lining that gives an important reason for its existence My rating 7 10, finished 2001.

  5. says:

    Enjoyable reasonably informative book, but there were moments when it felt like a first year biology lecture Still, a lot of interesting and clearly heartfelt work went into this.

  6. says:

    Insights on a selection of hated species e.g starlings, centipedes, kudzu, et al The author is a hilarious and well spoken woman who has no problem writing what she thinks.

  7. says:

    Exploration of the biology and lifestyles of species humans generally see as nasty The chapter on Cowbirds is my favorite, but all of this book is good.

  8. says:

    i m so glad the tomato tobacco hornworm made it to her list.

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