Thursday, September 17, 2009

BBAW Giveaway #5: The Hidden Life of Deer by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

In the fall of 2007 in southern New Hampshire, the acorn crop failed and the animals who depended on it faced starvation. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas began leaving food in small piles around her farmhouse. Soon she had over thirty deer coming to her fields, and her naturalist's eye was riveted. How did they know when to come, all together, and why did they sometimes cooperate, sometimes compete?

Throughout the next twelve months she observed the local deer families as they fought through a rough winter; bred fawns in the spring; fended off coyotes, a bobcat, a bear, and plenty of hunters; and made it to the next fall when the acorn crop was back to normal. As she hiked through her woods, spotting tree rubbings, deer beds, and deer yards, she discovered a vast hidden world. Deer families are run by their mothers. Local families arrange into a hierarchy. They adopt orphans; they occasionally reject a child; they use complex warnings to signal danger; they mark their territories; they master local microclimates to choose their beds; they send countless coded messages that we can read, if only we know what to look for.

Just as she did in her beloved books The Hidden Life of Dogs and Tribe of Tiger, Thomas describes a network of rules that have allowed earth's species to coexist for millions of years. Most of us have lost touch with these rules, yet they are a deep part of us, from our ancient evolutionary past. The Hidden Life of Deer is a narrative masterpiece and a naturalist's delight.

One of the most widely read American anthropologists, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has observed dogs, cats, and elephants during her half-century-long career. In the 1980s Thomas studied elephants alongside Katy Payne—the scientist who discovered elephants' communication via infrasound. In 1993 Thomas wrote The Hidden Life of Dogs, a groundbreaking work of animal psychology that spent nearly a year on the New York Times bestseller list. Her book on cats, Tribe of Tiger, was also an international bestseller. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, on her family's former farm, where she observes deer, bobcats, bear, and many other species of wildlife.

~Synopsis & author biography from the publisher

I have two copies to give away, courtesy of Harper Collins (thank you, Kyle!!). Winners will be drawn at random and must have a US or Canada mailing address. To enter, just leave me a comment here that includes your email address. Enter through midnight eastern on September 25. Below are some ways for you to earn extra entries. Please leave ONE comment for each thing you choose to do. You can combine your comments together if you like but please do not leave multiple comments for the same extra thing (for example, one comment if you fave at Technorati or subscribe via Feedburner, not three). Anyone who already follows, subscribes, or has faved at Technorati still gets the extras, just mention it in your comment! Thank you for visiting and entering!!

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edmontonjb said...

Please enter me into the draw.

Sheila said...

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Esme said...

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pussreboots said...

I'm a long time subscriber to your blog feed; I've favorited your blog and tweeted about the giveaway. The book reminds me of Gift of the Deer, another winter time memoir where a woman fed a family of deer during a rough winter.

ikkinlala said...

I'd love a chance to win this book!

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Lucyinthesky said...

I would simply enjoy this book thoroughly I think as i ama great animal lover. All animal (wild or domestic) matter. Thanks for the chance.

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Kari said...

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Linda said...

I would love to win this book, and share it with my granddaughter who is pursuing a degree in conservation biology. Thanks for the giveaway.

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I failed to leave my address in my comment.


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rubynreba said...

I really like to read about wildlilfe and would enjoy this book. Thanks!

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Marie said...

This sounds like a fascinating book -- we have deer in our backyard all the time.

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I love anything having to do with animals! Please count me in.

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Wanda said...

I would love to win this book. We have so many beautiful deer living in our neighbourhood and I've always wondered about them.

Wanda said...

I am a follower of your blog.

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Bev said...

Wow, this title sounds fascinating, I'd love the chance to win this book.


Jaime said...

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Dawn M. said...

I would love the chance to read this. Count me in, please! :0)

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Chris said...

I heard of this one somewhere and wondered what it was about. Sounds really interesting.

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Jemima said...

I live in southern New Hampshire so it would be great to learn more about deer. I am a follower.


Zibilee said...

I'd love to be entered in this contest. The book sounds great!


Zibilee said...

I am a follower of your blog as well.

Beth (BBRB) said...

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Winning Readings said...

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Nicole said...

This would be a perfect Christmas gift for my dad. I follow

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Count me in, please. Thanks!
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Belinda M said...

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