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Barnesville Public Library 598.47 MCC (Text) 33500013168943 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062971364
  • ISBN: 0062971360
  • Physical Description: viii, 292 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, color portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.

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Originally published in the UK in 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton, a Hachette UK company.
Summary, etc.:
A memoir of life with an emperor penguin colony, illustrated with 32 pages of exclusive photography.
For 337 days, award-winning wildlife cameraman Lindsay McCrae intimately followed 11,000 emperor penguins amid the singular beauty of Antarctica. This is his masterful chronicle of one penguin colony's astonishing journey of life, death, and rebirth--and of the extraordinary human experience of living amongst them in the planet's harshest environment. A miracle occurs each winter in Antarctica. As temperatures plummet 60 degrees below zero and the sea around the remote southern continent freezes, emperors--the largest of all penguins--begin marching up to 100 miles over solid ice to reach their breeding grounds. They are the only animals to breed in the depths of this, the worst winter on the planet; and in an unusual role reversal, the males incubate the eggs, fasting for over 100 days to ensure they introduce their chicks safely into their new frozen world. My Penguin Year recounts McCrae's remarkable adventure to the end of the Earth. He observed every aspect of a breeding emperor's life, facing the inevitable sacrifices that came with living his childhood dream, and grappling with the personal obstacles that, being over 15,000km away from the comforts of home, almost proved too much. Out of that experience, he has written an unprecedented portrait of Antarctica's most extraordinary residents.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #2
    Award-winning wildlife photographer McCrae's memoir, which chronicles his nearly year-long trip to observe the lives of Antarctica's emperor penguins, is a companion of sorts to BBC Earth's Dynasties. Readers will laugh, cry, wince, and even bristle at the incredible word-pictures McCrae paints of the birds' courting, births, and deaths. Interspersed with his observations of penguin habits and habitats are stories from his personal life; his wife, Becky, gives birth to their son while he's away, and he learns, slowly, of the patience and endurance required in temperatures of negative 50 degrees Celsius. Sharing well-documented science almost passively, McCrae, infuses his descriptions with plenty of scientific information, as well as compassion. Scenes of egg-laying, chick-hatching, and the inevitable struggles for survival in a world threatened by major climate change are especially unforgettable. Includes photographs not seen at time of review. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Emperor penguin.
McCrae, Lindsay > Travel > Antarctica.
NATURE > Animals > Birds.
NATURE > Ecosystems & Habitats > Polar Regions.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Personal Memoirs.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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