Life in the Garden of Captives
Publication Date: August 2010
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas French goes behind the scenes at one of the country's most popular-and most controversial-destinations: zoos.
Thomas French was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and many other honors for his writing during three decades as a reporter at the St. Petersburg Times. He is the author of Unanswered Cries and South of Heaven, and he currently teaches journalism at Indiana University. Thomas also is a writing fellow at the Poynter Institute. John Allen Nelson's critically acclaimed roles on television's 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.
In his new book, Thomas French goes behind the scenes at a Florida zoo to examine the paradox of zoos that draw in visitors with the beauty and wildness of animals -- but also contain that wildness for the sake of their visitors. More at NPR.org
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"The book captures the fascination humans have with animals, and vice versa, and raises questions about the purpose and management of zoos." ---Kirkus Starred Review