Why Fish Don't Exist

DUE IN APRIL: Lulu Miller's Why Fish Don't Exist won't be categorized, and that's a central theme of the book, too. Part memoir, part biography, part philosophical treatise, and part natural history, the book explores scientist David Starr Jordan's colossal failures and undaunted persistence to categorize the world's fish even in the face of the Los Angeles earthquake. As does Miller, we want to find in Jordan the heroic sorter of life's chaos and the hope to persist even on our darkest days. But history, Jordan, and life itself will not be labeled and pinned down. This is a heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant journey to this ultimate truth. By its end, I found myself applauding the author and myself for our contentment with messiness and surprise. Recommended by Kelly

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ISBN: 9781501160271
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2020

A wondrous debut from an extraordinary new voice in nonfiction, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession, and—possibly—even murder.

David Starr Jordan was a taxonomist, a man possessed with bringing order to the natural world.