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Published on August 6th, 2013, by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Remarkable and profound... Hirsh's narrative of daily excursions blends seamlessly with wide-ranging and penetrating forays into biology, evolution, and the history of science... Hirsh writes with an illusion of effortlessness, in prose that is lyrical but never sentimental... Unforgettable.

— Tim Folger, OnEarth

I can't remember the last time I read a science book with such elegant writing, and Hirsh's travelogue has easygoing philosophical weight as well.

— Chloë Schama, Smithsonian Magazine

The book's diverse, interwoven accounts can be seen as pedagogic tools, the classroom sleight of hand of an experienced and inspiring teacher. But Mr. Hirsh also exploits the unique ability of stories to engage our emotions, intending that we leave his book not only with a greater understanding of the science but with a more visceral appreciation of the Sea of Cortez and of nature as a whole.

— Gerard Helferich, The Wall Street Journal


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