A wonderful, brilliantly written book about one of my favourite animals. Just such a joy to read – and I learned so much. You’ll never see raccoons the same again. A book I’ll cherish in years to come.” — Jeff VanderMeer, author of the New York Times–bestselling Hummingbird Salamander
Masked bandits of the night, raiders of farm crops and rubbish bins, raccoons are notorious for their indifference to human property and propriety, yet they are also admired for their intelligence, dexterity, and determination. Raccoons have also thoroughly adapted to human-dominated environments; they are thriving in numbers greater than at any point of their evolutionary history…including in new habitats.
Raccoon surveys the natural and cultural history of this opportunistic omnivore, tracing its biological evolution, social significance, and image in a range of media and political contexts. From intergalactic misanthropes and despoilers of ancient temples to coveted hunting quarry, unpredictable pet, and symbols of wilderness and racial stereotype alike, Raccoon offers a lively consideration of this misunderstood outlaw species.
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