New Yorker staff writer and much-praised author Susan Orlean goes from one vast subject beautifully delineated in The Library in her most recent book to another very distinct, even vaster subject in her newest, On Animals (Simon & Schuster). This book carries personal stake - from childhood on, an abiding interest and one today, as well - also ranging into various texts and stories of other people and animals themselves.
“Delightful . . . Another winner featuring the author’s trademark blend of meticulous research and scintillating writing.”—Kirkus Reviews.
“Orlean delivers an entertaining and informative look at various animals in this clever collection of essays. According to Orlean, her “animalish” personality has driven her to track down critters her whole life, as well as stories of humans as animalish as she ... Orlean’s prose dazzles … the essays [are] … packed with spirit. Animal lovers will find much to savor.” - Publishers Weekly.
Susan Orlean’s other books include Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief.