Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the 16 essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, these witty, playful, whipsmart essays traverse history, myth, science, and more, bringing each beast vibrantly to life.
Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Fellowship in nonfiction. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat , won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
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About the Author
Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat , won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review , among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. Passarello lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.
Table of Contents
1. Yuka (Mammuthus primigenius), 39000BP
2. The Wolf of Gubbio (Canis lupus), 1220
3. Ganda (Rhinoceros unicornis), 1515
4. Sackerson (Ursus arctos arctos), 1601
5. Jeoffry (Felis catus), 1760
6. Vogel Staar (Sturnus vulgaris), 1784
7. Barry (Canis familiaris), 1814
8. Harriet (Geochelone nigra porteri), 1835-2006
9. War Pigs (Columba livia domestica), 1870-2014
10. Jumbo (Loxodonta Africana), 1885
11. Four Horsemen (Equus caballus), 1901-2012
12. Mike (Gallus gallus), 1948
13. Pigasus (Sus scrofa domesticus), 1968
14. Arabella (Areneus diadematus), 1973
15. Osama (Crocodylus niloticus), 2003
16. Cecil (Panthera leo bleyenberghi), 2015
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read Animals in Curious Poses by Elena Passarello. This book is a collection of essays that are each based off of different animals. In addition to that, she ties the animals to historical time periods or events. For example, her essay called Osama about a crocodile, parallels to the terrorist attacks surrounding 9/11. She describes the name Osama as worse than Satan, “the closest you can get to be a devil and still carry the facts of a man” (197). On the surface her essays are stories about animals. However, with historical and even scientific facts weaved into the stories through play on words and other various demonstrations, Passarello conveys a deeper meaning. By doing this, Elena is able to connect with the audience in a new way. To me, the essay titled “Lancelot” stood out among the others. This is because it spent more time developing the author or voice as a character in the essay. She talked about her childhood remembering she “was born at the tail end of the seventies, four days before Easter, and all the cards sent to my mother were covered in pastel chicks and lambs” (174). She mentions all the times animals were connected to her development as a kid. This essay was the most personable and I felt like I was able to truly get to know and relate to the author. Overall, this essay collection conveyed a cohesive tone and theme of human relations with each other through depictions of our relations with animals. It provided insight on how we can care more about all living things and see each other for more than what is painted on the outside.