The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology (Paperback)

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Although Gerd Heinrich, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd Heinrich tried to distance himself from his "old-fashioned" father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's sensibilities.

In this extraordinary memoir, the award-winning author shares the ways in which his relationship with his father, combined with his unique childhood, molded him into the scientist, and man, he is today. From Gerd's days as a soldier in Europe and the family's daring escape from the Red Army in 1945 to the rustic Maine farm they came to call home, Heinrich relates it all in his trademark style, making science accessible and awe-inspiring.

Praise For…


“A remarkable story.”

“...beautifully written story of a man’s efforts to reconstruct posthumously the life of his father...”

“...scientist and naturalist of the first rank and a nature writer of uncommon talent...”

“...amazing saga, full of twists and turns...his magnum opus...vividly descriptive...he has produced his best book ever...”

“...I couldn’t leave its pages...it has joined the small collection of my most favorite book...”

“...extraordinary...a memoir of fun, daringness and intellectual curiosity, the heartwarming evolution of a modern biologist.”

“...by one of the premier naturalists of our time...a splendid book, truly compelling, and bound to endure.”

“Heinrich’s stunning family saga...his magnum opus...vividly descriptive...he has produced his best book ever...”

“...You will not want to put it down...an engrossing and powerful narrative of human achievement...”

“One of the finest living examples of that strange hybrid: the science writer.”

“Heinrich, who combines his keen scientific eye with the soul of a poet, enthralls.”

“The Snoring Bird...show[s] readers why the work of an observant field biologist still matters.”

“Arguably today’s finest naturalist author...our latter-day Thoreau.”

“Some of Heinrich’s most lyrical writing...the future scientist as a footloose nature boy.”

“...brilliant...there is in Heinrich’s every page, wonderment.”

“...splendid nature writing...a fascinating glimpse of the growth of one scientist’s mind. Heartily recommended.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060742164
ISBN-10: 006074216X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: June 24th, 2008
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: P.S.