The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.
The story of the Heinrichs, told by internationally known field biologist Bernd Heinrich, best-selling author of Mind of the Raven, is one of lives lived large. Central to the memoir is Bernd's father, Gerd, an amateur biologist who was personally interested in wasps but made a meager living collecting exotic animal specimens for major museums. Remarkably, nothing-not world-war privation and displacement, not numerous amorous entanglements, not his disappointing inability to secure academic employment-could keep "Papa" from his biological pursuits. Once landed gentry in prewar Poland, the Heinrichs ended up penniless in 1950s America; Bernd's only lasting patrimony is very likely his father's passion for natural history (and perhaps also his robust masculinity). There are many unforgettable moments, but none is as richly emblematic of this family as Gerd's desperate burial of his treasured wasp collections when the blitzkrieg threatens (they were retrieved in 1959). The book succeeds on many levels: as splendid nature writing, as a readable history of modern biology, and as a fascinating glimpse of the growth of one scientist's mind. Heartily recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/07.]-Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Arguably today's finest naturalist author...our latter-day Thoreau."--Publishers Weekly "Heinrich's stunning family saga...his magnum opus...vividly descriptive...he has produced his best book ever..."--Alice Calaprice, award winning editor; author of the Quotable Einstein books, The Einstein Almanac, and Dear Professor Einstein "The Snoring Bird...show[s] readers why the work of an observant field biologist still matters."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "A remarkable story."--Portland Press Herald "Some of Heinrich's most lyrical writing...the future scientist as a footloose nature boy."--New York Times Book Review "Heinrich, who combines his keen scientific eye with the soul of a poet, enthralls."--New York Times Book Review "One of the finest living examples of that strange hybrid: the science writer."--Los Angeles Times Book Review ..".amazing saga, full of twists and turns...his magnum opus...vividly descriptive...he has produced his best book ever..."--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy ..".I couldn't leave its pages...it has joined the small collection of my most favorite book..."--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, anthropologist and author of the bestseller The Hidden Life of Dogs ..".beautifully written story of a man's efforts to reconstruct posthumously the life of his father..."--Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse ..".scientist and naturalist of the first rank and a nature writer of uncommon talent..."--Edward O. Wilson ..".extraordinary...a memoir of fun, daringness and intellectual curiosity, the heartwarming evolution of a modern biologist."--Jean Craighead George, award-winning author of Julie of the Wolves ..".by one of the premier naturalists of our time...a splendid book, truly compelling, and bound to endure."--Thomas Eisner ..".You will not want to put it down...an engrossing and powerful narrative of human achievement..."--Samuel W.F. Wolfgang, author of German Boy and The War of Our Childhood ..".brilliant...there is in Heinrich's every page, wonderment."--San Francisco Chronicle ..".splendid nature writing...a fascinating glimpse of the growth of one scientist's mind. Heartily recommended."--Library Journal