An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa
On Sale: May 26, 2009
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For readers of the bestselling White Mischief and Midnight
in the Garden of Good and Evil--Vanity Fair contributing
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, Wildflower is 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, Wildflower is 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.
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