Zoo Story

Life in the Garden of Captives

By Thomas French; John Allen Nelson (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, Compact Disc, 9781400118830)

Publication Date: August 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2010 Indie Next List
“French takes us to Swaziland to witness the rescue of 11 elephants from certain death and their transport to zoos in Tampa and San Diego. In Tampa, where four of the elephants are placed, we become closely acquainted with the management and staff who work at Lowry Park Zoo. Both the animals and humans are unforgettable, and we learn of the age-old controversy over whether zoos truly provide education and conservation of species, or whether they exist solely for entertainment and earnings. My next visit to a zoo will be an entirely different experience having read this incredibly informative and controversial book.”
-- Sue Fleming, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas French goes behind the scenes at one of the country's most popular-and most controversial-destinations: zoos.

About the Author

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.

Monday, Jul 12, 2010

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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Praise For Zoo Story

"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

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