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Why Fish Don't Exist


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Lulu Miller is the cohost of Radiolab, host of the kids podcast Terrestrials, and author of the bestselling book Why Fish Don't Exist.


"A great escape... [and] an extended reflection on how to weather the storm during trying times."
-- Outside

"Completely entrancing."
-- O, The Oprah Magazine

"I want to live at this book's address: the intersection of history and biology and wonder and failure and sheer human stubbornness. What a sumptuous, surprising, dark delight."
-- Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

"Lulu Miller moves gracefully between reporting and meditation, big questions and small moments. This book is a magical hybrid of science, portraiture, and memoir -- and a delight to read."
-- Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Library Book

"Riveting and rollicking... total magic."
-- Garden & Gun

"Riveting. Surprising. Shocking, even! Why Fish Don't Exist begins with a mesmerizing account of the life of distinguished biologist David Starr Jordan--and then, quite unexpectedly, turns into so much more. Narrated in Lulu Miller's intimate, quirky voice, this is a story of science and struggle, of heartbreak and chaos. This book will capture your heart, seize your imagination, smash your preconceptions, and rock your world."
-- Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus

"Some years back, Lulu Miller disappeared down a very strange rabbit hole that led her to places neither she nor you would ever be able to anticipate. I highly recommend you follow her down the hole, because of her singular and gigantic gifts as a writer and storyteller, but also because of what's down there: love, chaos, strychnine, a gun, dangerous delusions, heroic dandelions, a cow, a snorkel mask through which grander truths are revealed... This book is perfect, just perfect. It's both lyrical and learned, personal and political, small and huge, quirky and profound."
-- Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff

"Stunning and brilliant and completely un-sum-up-able... I love this book so much!"
-- John Green, New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"Unconventional... What initially seems like an homage to an indomitable scientist [turns] into a philosophical tale about the limitations of tidy narratives and the dangers of unyielding belief."
-- Undark

"What a delightful book... Ms. Miller [spins] a tale so seductive that I read her book in one sitting."
-- The Wall Street Journal

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