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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 (The Best American Series ®)

Sy Montgomery (Editor), Jaime Green (Editor)


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Sy Montgomery, New York Times best-selling author and recipient of numerous awards, edits this year’s volume of the finest science and nature writing.

“Science is important because this is how we seek to discover the truth about the world. And this is what makes excellent science and nature writing essential,” observes New York Times best-selling author Sy Montgomery. “Science and nature writing are how we share the truth about the universe with the people of the world.” And collected here are truths about nearly every corner of the universe. From meditations on extinction, to the search for alien life, to the prejudice that infects our medical system, the pieces in this year’s Best American Science and Nature Writing seek to bring to the people stories of some of the most pressing issues facing our planet, as well as moments of wonder reflecting the immense beauty our natural world offers.

Praise For The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 (The Best American Series ®)

"The works in this annual anthology are lyrical, emotional, moving, and insightful—proof that long-form science journalism boasts some of our best writers...These pieces challenge us to look deeper and to understand better, to see the beating human heart in the soul of science."—Booklist, starred review 

"Naturalist Montgomery emphasizes a sense of wide-eyed wonder in this enjoyable anthology. Readers in need of some substantive escapism will appreciate this offering of the previous year’s finest science and nature writing."—Publishers Weekly 

Mariner Books, 9781328519009, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

About the Author

In addition to researching films, articles, and over twenty books, National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery has been honored with a Sibert Medal, two Science Book and Film Prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire, with her husband, Howard Mansfield, and their border collie, Thurber.
Twitter: @SyTheAuthor.

JAIME GREEN is a freelance writer, editor, podcast producer, and writing teacher focused on books, culture, and science. She’s the romance book review columnist for the New York Times and a contributing editor for Catapult. She has an MFA from Columbia University, and has taught writing there, as well as at Eugene Lang (The New School) and with the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. She created, hosted, and produced The Catapult, featuring new writing by up-and-coming writers.