Life List

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Subject: Life List
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 21:00:11 +1000
There's a review of the book Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds (Olivia Gentile, Bloomsbury USA: 2009. 352 pp) in today's edition of Nature [Nature 460, 689 (6 August 2009) | doi:10.1038/460689a]. It tells the story of Phoebe Snetsinger, the first person to see 8000 species of birds. [This is not the normal subject matter for a high profile science journal.]

I thought I would share the final paragraph of the review - "... the story of a suburban housewife and mother-of-four who became a legend in the testosterone-driven world of competitive birding is more than a biography. It raises themes that echo through all our lives, from the restriction of people's roles by society, to questions of how best to spend one's days on Earth. Is pursuing a rare bird a trivial pursuit, or a chase worthy of respect? Ultimately, Life List asks what it means to live, and die, well."

That is a very good question.

Regards, Laurie.

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