Books by Richard Conniff

HOUSE OF LOST WORLDS by Richard Conniff
Released: April 12, 2016

"Celebrating the museum's 150th anniversary, this book sparkles with delightful stories and anecdotes about natural history told in a lively style."
A rich and enthusiastic history of Yale University's impressive Peabody Museum of Natural History. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"An entertaining survey of a well-worked field that should go nicely alongside the raft of books published for the 2009 Darwin bicentennial."
Nature writer Conniff (Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals, 2009, etc.) chronicles the obsessions and joys of naturalists who, in the 18th and 19th centuries, fanned out across the globe in pursuit of new species. Read full book review >
Released: May 4, 2009

"Bright entertainment from a great explainer of the lives of animals."
National Geographic and Smithsonian contributor Conniff (The Ape in the Corner Office, 2008, etc.) offers a delightful collection of pieces about his encounters with spiders, crabs, leopards and other fauna. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"This is a shame, as, flippant and occasionally condescending tone aside, there is quite a lot of substance to this offering—the child who is able to move past the neon will find much of interest within. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slick presentation combines chatty text and flashy design to delve into the lore and science of rats. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A clever, invaluable zoomorphic study with a wealth of information on what makes the rich tick. (Photo insert)"
Conniff, who specializes in the animal world (Every Creepy Thing, 1998, etc.), casts an inquisitive eye on the human race's big dogs in their diverse habitats, from the Breakers to Blenheim. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The creatures themselves are truth, and reason, enough. (line drawings)"
A savory collection of natural history entertainments from Conniff (Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World, 1996), who shares much with one of his subjects, the weasel—both being "very curious, investigative creatures." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Recommended reading for budding naturalists. (16 line drawings, not seen)"
A warm, often funny, sometimes discomfiting look into the lives of creepy-crawly creatures. Read full book review >