World of Wonders – Audiobook

Audiobook Details

  • Author: Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • Format: MP3
  • Length: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication Date: September 08, 2020
  • Language: English


Barnes & Noble 2020 Book of the Year

A Kirkus Prize Finalist for Nonfiction

A Southern Book Prize Finalist

An NPR Best Book of 2020

An Esquire Best Book of 2020

A BookPage Best Book of 2020

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020

A Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Pick for 2020

An Indie Next Pick, September 2019

A Publishers Weekly “Big Indie Book of Fall 2020”

A BuzzFeed Best Book of Fall 2020

A Literary Hub “Most Anticipated Book of 2020

A Ralph Lauren Summer Reading Recommendation

A Garden & Gun Summer Reading Recommendation

A Bustle “Best Book of Fall 2020

Named a “Most Anticipated Book of 2020” by The Millions

An Alma “Favorite Book for Fall 2020”

A Literary Hub “Recommended Climate Read for September 2020”

A Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Reading Recommendation for Fall 2020

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction – a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted – no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape – she was able to turn to our world’s fierce and funny creatures for guidance.

“What the peacock can do,” she tells us, “is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life.” The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world’s gifts.

Warm and lyrical, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy.

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