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Instagram Live with Lulu Miller (Why Fish Don't Exist)

Celebrate the release of Lulu Miller's Why Fish Don't Exist in paperback with a special Istagram Live in conversaton with QRB's Cam Steele! Follow us @QuailRidgeBooks for updates an reminders. We'll be receiving signed bookplates and custom stickers—order a copy of the paperback below.

David Starr Jordan was a taxonomist credited with discovering nearly a fifth of the fish known to humans in his day. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake sent more than a thousand discoveries, housed in fragile glass jars, plummeting to the floor. In an instant, his life’s work was shattered. He got back up and began to rebuild his collection and this time, he introduced one clever innovation that he believed would at last protect his work against the chaos of the world.

When NPR reporter Lulu Miller first heard this anecdote in passing but dismissed it until her own life slowly unraveled, she began to wonder about him. Perhaps instead he was a model for how to go on when all seemed lost. What she would unearth about his life would transform her understanding of history, morality, and the world beneath her feet.
Part biography, part memoir, part scientific adventure, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a wondrous fable about how to persevere in a world where chaos will always prevail.

A Best Book of 2020: The Washington Post * NPR * Chicago Tribune * Smithsonian

A “remarkable” (Los Angeles Times), “seductive” (The Wall Street Journal) debut from the new cohost of Radiolab, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession, and—possibly—even murder.​

“At one point, Miller dives into the ocean into a school of fish…comes up for air, and realizes she’s in love. That’s how I felt: Her book took me to strange depths I never imagined, and I was smitten.” —The New York Times Book Review

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160349
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

A Best Book of 2020: The Washington Post * NPR * Chicago Tribune * Smithsonian

A “remarkable” (Los Angeles Times), “seductive” (The Wall Street Journal) debut from the new cohost of Radiolab, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing t