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Wildflower

An Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Death in Africa

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With compassion and an unswerving regard for the truth, veteran journalist Mark Seal lays bare the deeply moving, inspirational story of Joan Root, a dedicated environmentalist and Oscar-nominated wildlife filmmaker. He covers her early days in Kenya as a shy young woman with an almost uncanny ability to connect to animals; her whirlwind courtship with the dashing Alan Root, their marriage, and the twenty years of nonstop adventure and passionate romance that followed, both in Africa and around the world; the shattering disintegration of the marriage and partnership; and Joan's triumphant struggle to reinvent herself as the protector of her lakeshore community's fragile ecosystem--a struggle that would lead to her tragic death in January 2006. Joan Root dreamed of a bright future for Kenya, a country blessed with unmatched beauty but scarred by decades of colonization and a culture of corruption. She spent her life fighting to make that dream a reality. Her life ended too soon, but "thanks to Seal's meticulous re-creation, her extraordinary life lives on." (People, four-star review)

Product code: 9780812979091

ISBN 9780812979091
Publisher Random House USA Inc
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H206xW133xS15
No. Of Pages 234
"Vanity Fair" contributing editor Seal tells the mesmerizing story of the captivating life and shocking death of world-renowned naturalist Joan Root.