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Author Miller, Lulu, 1983- author.

Title Why fish don't exist : a story of loss, love, and the hidden order of life / Lulu Miller ; illustrations by Kate Samworth.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2020.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Casa Verdugo Library Non-Fiction    92 Jordan,D MIL    On Holdshelf
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Description 225 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-225).
Contents A boy with his head in the stars -- A prophet on an island -- A godless interlude -- Chasing tail -- Genesis in a jar -- Smash -- The indestructible -- On delusion -- The bitterest thing in the world -- A veritable chamber of horrors -- The ladder -- Dandelions -- Deus ex machina.
Summary David Starr Jordan was a taxonomist, a man possessed with bringing order to the natural world. In time, he would be credited with discovering nearly a fifth of the fish known to humans in his day. But the more of the hidden blueprint of life he uncovered, the harder the universe seemed to try to thwart him. His specimen collections were demolished by lightning, by fire, and eventually by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake--which sent more than a thousand of his discoveries, housed in fragile glass jars, plummeting to the floor. In an instant, his life's work was shattered. Many might have given up, given in to despair. But Jordan? He surveyed the wreckage at his feet, found the first fish he recognized, and confidently began to rebuild his collection. And this time, he introduced one clever innovation that he believed would at last protect his work against the chaos of the world. When NPR reporter Lulu Miller first heard this anecdote in passing, she took Jordan for a fool--a cautionary tale in hubris, or denial. But as her own life slowly unraveled, she began to wonder about him. Perhaps instead he was a model for how to go on when all seemed lost. What she would unearth about his life would transform her understanding of history, morality, and the world beneath her feet.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931.
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography.
Ichthyologists -- United States -- Biography.
Educators -- United States -- Biography.
Stanford University -- Presidents -- Biography.
Biology -- Classification.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Author Samworth, Kate, illustrator.
ISBN 9781501160271 (hardcover)
1501160273 (hardcover)

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