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    DescriptionSince childhood, Oliver Sacks has been fascinated by ferns: an ancient class of plants able to survive and adapt in many climates. Along with a delightful group of fellow fern aficionados--mathematicians, poets, artists, and assorted botanists and birders--he embarks on an exploration of Southern Mexico, a region that is also rich in human history and culture. He muses on the origins of chocolate and mescal, pre-Columbian culture and hallucinogens, the vibrant sights and sounds of the marketplace, and the peculiar passions of botanists. What other species would comb ancient Zapotec ruins on their hands and knees, searching for a new type of fern? Combining Sacks's enthusiasm for natural history and the richness of humanity with his sharp and observant eye for detail, Oaxaca Journal is a rare treat.

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    Oaxaca Journal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oliver W Sacks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 159
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307947444
    ISBN 10: 0307947440

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLCM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24270
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 84
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Libri: I-TR
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    BIC subject category V2: WTHC
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV014000
    DC22: 917.2/74
    LC classification: F1391.O12 S23 2012
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 917.274
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    DC21: 917.274
    BISAC V2.8: TRV026020
    B&T Approval Code: A62702000
    BISAC V2.8: NAT026000
    Thema V1.0: WTH, WTHC, WNP, WTL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KLCM
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps
    Vintage Books
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    06 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Oliver Sacks is a practicing physician and the author of more than ten books, including "Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, " and "Awakenings" (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City, where he is professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the first Columbia University Artist.
    Review quote
    "A delightful work." --San Francisco Chronicle "Sacks's boundless curiosity is always a reward." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Sacks doesn't waste a word. . . . He deftly characterizes people he meets along the way, smoothly slips facts from his wide-ranging reading into his narrative, expertly describes landscapes and raises up a hero: Boone Hallberg, a U.S.-born scientist who has lived in Oaxaca since the 1940s, working to conserve the priceless diversity of the natural world." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "Light and fast-moving. . . . Among the botanical and anthropological observations, one catches glimpses of Sacks's inner life: his preoccupation with dualities, his nearly Victorian sense of modesty, his fascination with the world around him." --"The New Yorker" " " "Like all the best journals, it has a rich immediacy, a sense that we share the moment of the author's perceptions. Since Sacks is such a lovely writer, and he and his fellow travelers such fonts of knowledge about everything from Mexican history to Mayan culture to chocolate making to the workings of fern evolution, the book is a rare treat. . . . It makes you want to strap on your field glasses and catch the first flight south." -"The Globe and Mail" " " "Relaxed yet observant. . . . [Sacks'] thoughtful, sometimes wistful ruminations, no matter how expansive they may grow, are always rooted in the concrete details he has observed. . . . Those who read Oaxaca Journal will appreciate Sacks' own diligence as an observer and his skill in translating the wonders of the material world into words." --"Los Angeles Times" " " "Oaxaca Journal whipped up my appetite for a visit to Mexico, as the best travel writing does." --"The Providence Journal" " " "The combination of his insatiable curiosity and rigorous scientific observation makes him an excellent travelling companion. . . . Mexico past and present emerges from these bursts of association and digression