Big Library Read May 2024

The Big Library Read, brought to you by Libby from OverDrive, will be reading Wild New World, by Dan Flores.

In 1908, near Folsom, New Mexico, a cowboy discovered the remains of a herd of extinct giant bison. By examining flint points embedded in the bones, archeologists later determined that a band of humans had killed and butchered the animals 12,450 years ago. This discovery vastly expanded America’s known human history but also revealed the long-standing danger Homo sapiens presented to the continent’s evolutionary richness.

You can find the eBook and audiobook on Libby, or you can place a hold on a physical copy.

About the Author

Dan Flores is a Santa Fe-area writer originally from Louisiana who spent much of his career as a University of Montana professor. The author of 11 books, he has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Time Magazine. Along with appearances on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and Joe Rogan’s podcasts, Flores is featured in Ken Burns’s 2023 American Buffalo documentary. His most recent books are American Serengeti, winner of the Stubbendieck Distinguished Book Prize in 2017; Coyote America, a 2016 New York Times Bestseller, and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Prize winner and Finalist for PEN America’s E. O. Wilson Prize in 2017; and Wild New World, winner of the 2023 Rachel Carson Environment Book Prize and the 2023 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature.


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