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The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect

Category: Book
By (author): Williams, Wendy
Subject:  NATURE / Animals / Butterflies & Moths
  NON-FICTION / General
  SCIENCE / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental)
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: June 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.90in
Our Price:
$ 35.00
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From The Publisher*In this fascinating book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Horse, Wendy Williams explores the lives of one of the world's most resilient creatures-the butterfly-shedding light on the role that they play in our ecosystem and in our human lives.

Butterflies are one of the world's most beloved insects. From butterfly gardens to zoo exhibitions, they are one of the few insects we've encouraged to infiltrate our lives. Yet, what has drawn us to these creatures in the first place? And what are their lives really like? In this groundbreaking book, New York Times bestselling author and science journalist Wendy Williams reveals the inner lives of these "flying flowers"-creatures far more intelligent and tougher than we give them credit for.

Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles each year from Canada to Mexico. Other species have learned how to fool ants into taking care of them. Butterflies' scales are inspiring researchers to create new life-saving medical technology. Williams takes readers to butterfly habitats across the globe and introduces us to not only various species, but to the scientists who have dedicated their lives to studying them.

Coupled with years of research and knowledge gained from experts in the field, this accessible "butterfly biography" explores the ancient partnership between these special creatures and humans, and why they continue to fascinate us today. Touching, eye-opening, and incredibly profound, The Language of Butterflies reveals the critical role they play in our world.
Review Quote*"[A] deeply personal and lyrical book that also provides meaningful scientific insight . . . Nature-loving readers will surely share the joy Williams takes in her subject in this admiring tribute to the butterfly."
-Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*"This entertaining look at ‘the world's favorite insect' tells about butterflies' captivating beauty, and the ways these bugs have fascinated people throughout history...[Williams'] enthusiasm is convincing and contagious."
-Booklist, starred review
Review Quote*"A merry jaunt through the past, present, and future of butterfly pop science...To keep the science and history accessible rather than overwhelming, Williams wisely selects key characters, transformational moments, and illustrative species...Williams paces a geological event like an action movie, and her animated storytelling skills, coupled with her orientation toward universal themes like the nature of beauty, will appeal to a broad audience....Expect this book to awaken the dormant butterfly enthusiast within."
-Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*"This fascinating book will be of interest to anyone who has ever admired a butterfly, and to everyone who cares about preserving these stunning creatures."
-Library Journal
Review Quote*"Informative, thought-provoking...Williams is a consummate storyteller, and her narrative seamlessly integrates scientific facts with vivid portraits of characters as colorful as the butterflies that intrigue and inspire them."
–BookPage, *starred review
Review Quote*"Williams digs deeply into the lives of both butterflies and scientists...[her] treatment of the accumulation of knowledge about butterflies through history-from Merian's journey to the current state of biological knowledge-is informative and illuminating."
-Science Magazine 
Review Quote*"Nobody hates butterflies. They bring pleasure and fascination to everyone. Yet we know enormously little about them, even today. What we do know has been assembled by Wendy Williams in The Language of Butterflies; an unabashed fan, talking to unabashed fanatics with credentials....[Williams] is a storyteller...The Language of Butterflies is a pleasure to read."
-San Francisco Review of Books
Review Quote*"A book as colorful and varied as its titular subjects, from the bestselling author of The Horse. It's a thoroughly engaging mix of science, history, culture and personal narrative, as well as a testament to the need to conserve our fluttering friends."
-Revelator 
Review Quote*"Nobody hates butterflies. They bring pleasure and fascination to everyone. Yet we know enormously little about them, even today. What we do know has been assembled by Wendy Williams in The Language of Butterflies; an unabashed fan, talking to unabashed fanatics with credentials....[Williams] is a storyteller...The Language of Butterflies is a pleasure to read."
-San Francisco Review of Books