Year 15, Book 47

47. Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller

It’s a little hard to categorize this book. It’s part memoir, part biography, and part science book. Lulu Miller read about taxonomist David Starr Jordan who discovered one fifth of the known fish in the world whose life’s work was sent crashing to the ground during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Instead of giving up, he started over again trying to rebuild his collection. After her own life falls apart Miller digs deeper into Jordan’s story to find out what drove him to persevere in the wake of such a huge loss. Instead she finds out that man may have been much more than he seems. It also focuses on the fish themselves and the idea that fish don’t even really exist, which is the part of the book that blew my mind the most. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a biology class. It’s a fascinating book in all its many facets. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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