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The author of the book: Bill Schutt
Edition: Broadway Books
Date of issue: October 6th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780307381132
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.40 MB
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"A witty, scientifically accurate, and often intensely creepy exploration of sanguivorous creatures."
—San Francisco Chronicle
For centuries, blood feeders have inhabited our nightmares and horror stories, as well as the shadowy realms of scientific knowledge. In Dark Banquet, zoologist Bill Schutt takes us on a fascinating voyage into the world of some of nature’s strangest creatures–the sanguivores. Using a sharp eye and mordant wit, Schutt makes a remarkably persuasive case that blood feeders, from bats to bedbugs, are as deserving of our curiosity as warmer and fuzzier species are–and that many of them are even worthy of conservation.
Enlightening and alarming, Dark Banquet peers into a part of the natural world to which we are, through our blood, inextricably linked.
"Dark Banquet is an amazing account of all those creatures that most of us consider really creepy! But author Bill Schutt doesn’t, and actually embraces these critters and their bloodthirsty lifestyles. It’s great to see such wonderful animal research in a reader-friendly form. After finishing the book, you’ll have a lot to discuss at your next dinner party!"
—Jack Hanna, director emeritus, Columbus Zoo, and host of television’s Emmy Award—winning series Into the Wild
"[A] passionate defense of bloodsuckers from the leech to the candiru."
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Read information about the authorBill Schutt is a biology professor at LIU Post and a research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History. His latest nonfiction, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), The New Yorker, Scientific American and many more. Cannibalism was also a 2017 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist (Science and Technology) and a Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best books of 2017". He is currently working on a followup to Cannibalism on the natural history of the heart.
Schutt's WWII thriller Hell's Gate (R.J. MacCready novel #1) with J.R. Finch was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2016 (with starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal) as was The Himalayan Codex, a year later. The Darwin Strain, the 3rd book in the R.J. MacCready series due out in March 2019.
Bill Schutt's first book, Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures, was selected as a Best Book of 2008 by Library Journal and Amazon and was chosen for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program.
Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, Bill Schutt received his Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell Univ. He has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from terrestrial locomotion in vampire bats to the precarious, arboreal copulatory behavior of a marsupial mouse. Schutt has written for the New York Times and Natural History magazine and his research has been featured in those and other publications including Newsday, the Economist, Discover, and others. He currently serves on the board of directors of the North American Society for Bat Research. Schutt lives on Long Island with his wife and son.