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    DescriptionSnake venom that digests human flesh. A building cleared of every living thing by a band of tiny spiders. An infant insect eating its living prey from within, saving the vital organs for last. These are among the deadly feats of natural engineering you'll witness in The Red Hourglass, prize-winning author Gordon Grice's masterful, poetic, often dryly funny exploration of predators he has encountered around his rural Oklahoma home. Kill. Eat. Mate. Die. Charting the simple brutality of the lives of these predators, Grice's starkly graceful essays guide us toward startling truths about our own predatory nature. The Red Hourglass brings us face to fanged face with the inadequacy of our distinctions between normal and abnormal, dead and alive, innocent and evil.


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    Title
    The Red Hourglass
    Subtitle
    Lives of the Predators
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gordon Grice
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 114 mm
    Height: 189 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 331 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385318907
    ISBN 10: 0385318901
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    BIC subject category V2: WNCN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: PSV
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    DC21: 591
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000, NAT017000
    B&T Approval Code: A63705003
    DC22: 591
    BISAC V2.8: NAT001000
    DC22: 591.5/3
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QL758 .G75 1999
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    09 March 1999
    Author Information
    Gordon Grice's writing about the black widow spider has appeared in High Plains Literary Review and Harper's. It has been anthologized in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Essays 1996 and in college readers. Grice teaches humanities and English at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas. He lives in rural Oklahoma with his wife and their three-year-old son. From the Hardcover edition.
    Review quote
    "Gordon Grice is one hell of a writer. I was originally disturbed by some of the killing he depicts, but his descriptions are so compelling that I had to read on. I'm glad I did." --Jeffrey Masson, author of "When Elephants Weep" and "Dogs Never Lie About Love" ""The Red Hourglass" marks the debut of a fresh, strange, and wonderful new voice in American nature writing." --Michael Pollan, author of "A Place of My Own" and "Second Nature" "From the Hardcover edition."
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    Snake venom that digests human flesh. A building cleared of every living thing by a band of tiny spiders. An infant insect eating its living prey from within, saving the vital organs for last. These are among the deadly feats of natural engineering you'll witness in "The Red Hourglass, prize-winning author Gordon Grice's masterful, poetic, often dryly funny exploration of predators he has encountered around his rural Oklahoma home. Grice is a witty and intrepid guide through a world where mating ends in cannibalism, where killers possess toxins so lethal as to defy our ideas of a benevolent God, where spider remains, scattered like "the cast-off coats of untidy children," tell a quiet story of violent self-extermination. It's a world you'll recognize despite its exotic strangeness--the world in which we live. Unabashedly stepping into the mix, Grice abandons his role as objective observer with beguiling dark humor--collecting spiders and other vermin, decorating a tarantula's terrarium with dollhouse furniture, or forcing a battle between captive insects because he deems one "too stupid to live." Kill. Eat. Mate. Die. Charting the simple brutality of the lives of these predators, Grice's starkly graceful essays guide us toward startling truths about our own predatory nature. "The Red Hourglass brings us face to fanged face with the inadequacy of our distinctions between normal and abnormal, dead and alive, innocent and evil. "From the Hardcover edition.