An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa

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For readers of the bestsellingWhite MischiefandMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--Vanity Faircontributing editor Mark Seal tells the mesmerizing story of the captivating life and shocking death of world-renowned naturalist Joan Root From her passion for animals to her storybook love affair to her hard-fought crusade to save Kenya's beautiful Lake Naivasha,Wildfloweris naturalist, filmmaker, and lifelong conservationist Joan Root's gripping life story--a stunning and moving tale featuring a remarkable modern-day heroine. After twenty years of spectacular, unparalleled wildlife filmmaking together, Joan and Alan Root divorced and a fascinating woman found her own voice. Renowned journalist Mark Seal offers this breathtaking, culturally relevant portrait of a strong woman discovering herself and fighting for her beliefs before her mysterious and brutal murder. With a cast of characters as wild, wondrous, and unpredictable as Africa itself,Wildfloweris a real-life adventure tale set in the world's fast-disappearing wilderness. Rife with personal revelation, intrigue, corruption, and murder, readers will remember Joan Root's extraordinary journey long after they turn the last page of this utterly compelling book. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400067367
Branch Call Number: 333.954 R678s 2009
Characteristics: xviii, 232 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Mar 14, 2012

Beautiful book, well written, and not full of glamorizations or extravagances. Got it to read to one of my support care clients, but the book was too full of snake attacks, near-death experiences, and soul-wrenchings. Finished it for myself, and loved it. Very powerful and convicting; third world problems and the conundrums thereof are aptly described.

Mar 25, 2011

A tragic terrific story that they need to make a movie of.

MaryBee Aug 28, 2009

Fascinating story or a little-know film-maker.


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Mar 14, 2012

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Wildflower tells the story of Joan Root and her lifelong love of Africa. Born in Kenya to British parents, she produced award-nominated nature films with her husband Alan, whom she loved passionately in a marraige that would end in harsh betrayal. A brave and remarkable woman, Joan Root’s life of adventure and scientific discovery would end tragically in 2006 as she sought to defend what mattered to her the most, African wildlife.


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