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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

by Mary Roach


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Oh, the places we’ve explored with Mary Roach as the guide! The morgue, the afterlife, the bedroom, the battlefield, our own alimentary canals, and space. In Fuzz, we follow her gladly down the fraught path of human-wildlife conflicts. What to do when animals break laws meant for humans? Thorny matters indeed. Mary Roach, the science teacher we all wish we’d had in school, is never afraid to ask any question. “I’m here. I might as well ask,” she states. That she unabashedly does so means we readers are by far richer for the delicious wildness and range of her curiosity.

Praise for Mary Roach

"There is much to enjoy about Mary Roach—her infectious awe for quirky science and its nerdy adherents, her one-liners…She is beloved, and justifiably so."
— Jon Ronson, New York Times Book Review

"Our most consistently entertaining science journalist…Roach goes where other writers wouldn’t dare…And her search produces images—a kind of technopoetry—that are hard to forget."
O, The Oprah Magazine

"Nobody does weird science quite like [Mary Roach]."
— Lexi Pandell, Wired

"[Mary Roach] is a bold, tenacious, and insatiable reporter…[She] has a knack for posing the embarrassing, nonlinear and too obvious questions that others are always afraid to ask."
— Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review

"[Roach’s books are] meticulously researched, beautifully written, and disturbingly funny…Roach’s prose is a triumph—an engaging blend of anecdote, research, and reflection…She’s the most courageous—and empathetic—science writer we’ve got."
— Emily Rapp Black, Boston Globe

"Roach excels in capturing science’s ‘foreign country’ aspect—roaming as a stranger in a strange land among its weird norms and novelties, grand monomaniacal passions, practitioners’ idiosyncrasies and obscure lexicon…She writes exquisitely about the excruciating."
— Stephen Phillips, Los Angeles Times

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ISBN-13: 9781324001935
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 833
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mary Roach is the author of six best-selling works of nonfiction, most recently Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Her writing has appeared in Outside, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications.


San Francisco, California

Place of Birth:

New Hampshire


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1981

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