Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman

By Megan Mayhew Bergman

Exploring the way in which our offerings and relationships are formed by way of the threat and sweetness of the flora and fauna, Megan Mayhew Bergman's strong and heartwarming assortment captures the outstanding moments while the pull of our biology turns into obvious, while love or worry collide with sturdy feel, or while our attachment to an animal or wild position can't be denied.

In "Housewifely Arts," a unmarried mom and her son force hours to trace down an African grey parrot that may mimic her deceased mother's voice. A population-control activist faces the last word clash among her loyalty to the surroundings and her maternal hope in "Yesterday's Whales." And within the identify tale, a lonely naturalist permits an enticing stranger to steer her and her getting older father on a hunt for an elusive woodpecker.

As clever as they're relocating, the tales in Birds of a Lesser Paradise are alive with emotion, wit, and perception into the awesome strength that nature has over we all. This impressive assortment introduces a tender author of exceptional expertise.

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Different moods were created by the tawdry humour of the opening piece, Judgement of Paris, and the Getting physical: dancers of the Rambert Dance Company. heart-rending emotion of Dark think, he shied away from specifically repre- Elegies. However, the maturity of these pieces, senting relativity in the piece, alluding only in choreographed by Anthony Tudor in the the title to that theory’s central tenet of a con- 1930s, perhaps highlighted a few rough edges stant speed of light. Brownian motion, on the in Constant Speed.

But even at this stage the approach will have an impact on synthetic organic chemistry in the laboratory, and possibly on larger scales, and will also influence thinking about chemical reactivity in heterogeneous aqueous media. It brings biochemistry and organic chemistry closer together in the beneficial use of water as the reaction medium. ■ Jaap E. Klijn and Jan B. F. N. Engberts are in the Physical Organic Chemistry Unit, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands.

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