Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

Norton. Aug. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781324001935. $26.95. NAT HIST
The expert on quirky science writing doesn't disappoint. In Roach's (Grunt; Gulp; Stiff) newest book, she brings readers on her journey into the realm of human-wildlife conflict. Roach’s writing combines research with firsthand experience, plus tips for handling an unplanned encounter with a wild animal. She observes and talks with international laypeople and specialists across many fields, such as animal-attack forensics investigators. Her natural curiosity and wit pair well with her topics, including her harassment by monkeys, and the way emus and albatrosses outsmarted the Australian and U.S. militaries, respectively. She gets elbow-deep in crime scenes with furry suspects and travels to India to investigate the high rate of deaths by elephant. Roach also explores how politics, climate change, and religion can complicate human-wildlife interactions worldwide. Like Roach’s previous best-selling pop science works, this book is unpretentious and honest about what she sees and what she learns along the way.
VERDICT A must-read for wildlife enthusiasts, popular science readers, and anyone who has enjoyed Roach’s other books. Her occasionally awkward interactions with people and animals make for the engaging narrative style that Roach is famous for.
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