Mary Roach Animal Vegetable Criminal: When Nature Breaks the Law

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What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree?

We've never been good at sharing the planet... In the past, when wild animals 'broke the law', they might be given lawyers and put on trial. But now, what's the solution when nature gets in our way? In this fresh, funny and thoroughly researched book, dive into the weird and wonderful moments when humanity and wildlife bump up against one another.

Follow Mary Roach as she explores laser scarecrows, robo-hawks, human-elephant conflict specialists and monkey impersonators. Travel to the bear-busy back alleys of Aspen, the gull-vandalized floral displays at the Vatican and leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Himalayas, and discover hope for compassionate coexistence.

About the Author

Mary Roach is the New York Times-bestselling author of several popular science books including Packing for Mars and Gulp, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton prize. Her most recent book, Grunt, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Science & Technology Book Prize. She has written for the Guardian, Wired, BBC Focus, GQ and Vogue.

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'Bestseller Roach sheds light on nature's malefactors in this often funny, always provocative survey...Roach's writing is wry, full of heart, and loaded with intriguing facts... This eminently entertaining outing is another winner.'
- Publishers Weekly, starred review

'Reading a Mary Roach book is like spending a luxurious and joyful evening with the perfect dinner guest. Delightful facts become indelibly etched in your brain, and only later do you realise that hours have passed and your face slightly hurts from smiling too hard. In Animal Vegetable Criminal, Roach's peerless storytelling skills are paired with a sense of moral urgency, as she recounts stories of humans and other animals, uneasily and clumsily learning to co-exist in a world that they must now share.'
- Ed Yong, science journalist and author of I Contain Multitudes

'Hilarious! With Animal Vegetable Criminal, Mary Roach again takes us into an unfamiliar scientific realm, in this case the science of managing the conflicts between humans and the natural world - lethal leopards, rampaging elephants, jet-downing birds, even killer trees. It's an ever-widening conflict zone, but one that Ms. Roach gleefully mines for a multitude of bizarre facts that'll make you snort coffee through your nose.'
- Erik Larson, author of The Splendid and the Vile

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