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Author Passarello, Elena, author.

Title Animals strike curious poses : essays / Elena Passarello
Published Louisville, KY : Sarabande Books, [2017]
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Contents Yuka (39,000 BP) -- The wolf of Gubbio (1207) -- Ganda (1515) -- Sackerson (1601) -- Jeoffry (1760) -- Vogel Staar (1784) -- Harriet (1835) -- War pigs (1870-2012) -- Jumbo II (1901) -- Four horsemen (1904-2012) -- Mike (1945) -- Arabella (1973) -- Lancelot (1985) -- Koko (1988) -- Osama (1998) -- Celia (2003) -- Cecil (2015)
Summary Irrepressible Passarello has done it again in this bestiary of critters, each famous, each with a presence in the historical record spanning forty-two millennia. The book begins with Yuka, a mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, and moves on to Pleistocene cave paintings, a crocodile name Osama, war pigeons, Mike the red jungle rooster, Barry the great mountain rescue dog, all the way to "de-extincted" ibexes. A stunning example describes Arabella, the cross spider that spun a web on Skylab and became the first American female in space. The essay weaves the realities of the first US space station-NASA jargon, CAPCOM transcripts, and aerodynamic procedures-into the quieter (but no less complex) narrative of arachnid web-creation. The essays vary widely in tone and approach to reflect both the facts of the animal and the society that kept it. The author plans on live performances at zoos and natural history museums. Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Fellowship in nonfiction. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon
Notes Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed March 13, 2017)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Famous animals -- Miscellanea
Famous animals.
Famous animals.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Trivia and miscellanea.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1941411401
Other Titles Essays. Selections