City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife (Paperback)

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A coyote rides the subway! A red panda plays tourist in our nation’s capital! What might have been urban legends in the past have become daily viewing on Twitter and YouTube. This charming story collection seeks to put some of the legend back into encounters between people and so-called “city beasts.” From tropical birds on the lam in Central Park to a twist on “The Princess and the Frog,” Kurlansky brings the same wonder and spirit of adventure to these fictional tales as he has to histories of food and cultures. You might be left wondering whose perspective you identify with more—the human or the animal. ~ Brendie

— From Brendie


All-new stories about the urban worlds where animals and humans fight, love, and find common ground, from the nationally bestselling author of Cod and Salt.
In these stories, Mark Kurlansky journeys to his familiar haunts like New York's Central Park or Miami's Little Havana but with an original, earthy, and adventurous perspective. From baseball players in the Dominican Republic to Basque separatists in Spain to a restaurant owner in Cuba, from urban coyotes to a murder of crows, Kurlansky travels the worlds of animals and their human counterparts, revealing moving and hilarious truths about our connected existence.
In the end, he illuminates how closely our worlds are aligned, how humans really are beasts, susceptible to their basest instincts, their wildest dreams, and their artful survival.

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Cod, Salt, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, The Big Oyster, The Last Fish Tale, The Food of a Younger Land, The Eastern Stars, Ready for a Brand New Beat, and the short story collection, Edible Stories. He lives in New York City."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594485879
ISBN-10: 1594485879
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English