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Wild Hope Amid the Sixth Extinction

by Eli J. Knapp



September 2021 | Nonfiction | 978-1-948814-40-9| 280 pp | $18.95 

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Through personal stories of mishap and adventure, historical vignettes, and scenic detours, professor Eli J. Knapp dissects eighteen critical forces that lie behind the earth's sixth extinction. Drawing from experiences across the globe, Knapp peeks into odd and overlooked corners of natural history, showing how ocean-going tortoises and ghost deer can both instruct and inspire. Full of humor, hope, and self-effacing scientific savvy, Knapp's exploration of our home planet provides welcome respite in a deadly serious subject.


ELI J. KNAPP, Ph.D., is professor of intercultural studies and biology at Houghton College and director of the Houghton in Tanzania program. Knapp is a regular contributor to Birdwatcher’s DigestNew York State Conservationist, and other publications. An avid birdwatcher, hiker, and kayaker, he lives in Fillmore, New York, with his wife and children.



“Clever prose and gifted storytelling enliven Eli J. Knapp’s Dead Serious . . . diverting descriptions of flora and fauna lead into captivating lessons about biological principles, all of which are embellished with humor. A rousing read.”


“Eli J. Knapp’s fresh approach to understanding the sixth extinction is invigorating in the extreme. Rather than wallowing in portends of self-destruction or the darkness of overbearing statistics, he leads his readers on an ebullient romp, both around the globe and through our documented natural history, to focus not on the pieces of the natural world that we've lost, but on the exquisite beauty and abundance of what we still have. This lovely book, even as it unpacks the different causes of the extinction of a species, somehow continues to crackle with positive energy and reminds us all why our big, beautiful world is worth protecting.”
AARON CANCE, The Printed Garden


“Extinction isn't funny, but maybe having a sense of humor about it is just what we need to encourage us to pay closer attention. Using eighteen factors described by professor Michael Soulé, Eli J. Knapp illustrates a favorite animal for each and tells us a story or two about why we should care. From the ivory-billed woodpecker (rarity) to the kinked cheetah tail (inbreeding) to the little brown bat (habitat disturbance), it’s all here and it’s as fascinating as it is frightening!”
ANNE HOLMAN, The King’s English Bookshop

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