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Posted September 8, 2007
If you have ever attended a Purdue Conference one of the highlights is the wit and witticism of Dr. Tom Turpin. So it was with much anticipation that I cracked open my autographed copy of his latest book ¿Flies in the Face of Fashion, Mites Make Right, and Other Bugdacious Tales¿ Purdue University Press. Over the summer the book traveled with me to Florida, North Carolina and Fire Island and now that I¿ve finally had a chance to finally read it I was not disappointed. This paperback is comprised of a number, 95 but who¿s counting, of two page vignettes about almost any insect you can think of. But it is done with a flair which lies some where between entomology 101 and Garrison Keelers Lake Wobegone or Doc Frishman at his finest. Mind you this book is not about killing or even about pests, it is about the world of insects and sometimes about their interactions with us. So if titles like ¿Take Two Maggots and Call Me in the Morning¿, ¿A Bee or Not a Bee ¿ That is the Stinging Question¿ or ¿Arsenic and Old Lacewings¿ tickle your tibia you need to read this book. If you do presentations or teach this book can also come in quite handy or give it to someone just to bug them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.