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How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures (original: 2022; edição: 2024)

de Sabrina Imbler (Autor)

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A queer, mixed race writer working in a largely white, male field, science and conservation journalist Sabrina Imbler has always been drawn to the mystery of life in the sea, and particularly to creatures living in hostile or remote environments. Each essay in their debut collection profiles one such creature: the mother octopus who starves herself while watching over her eggs, the Chinese sturgeon whose migration route has been decimated by pollution and dams, the bizarre Bobbitt worm (named after Lorena), and other uncanny creatures lurking in the deep ocean, far below where the light reaches. Imbler discovers that some of the most radical models of family, community, and care can be found in the sea, from gelatinous chains that are both individual organisms and colonies of clones to deep-sea crabs that have no need for the sun, nourished instead by the chemicals and heat throbbing from the core of the Earth. Exploring themes of adaptation, survival, sexuality, and care, and weaving the wonders of marine biology with stories of their own family, relationships, and coming of age, How Far the Light Reaches is a book that invites us to envision wilder, grander, and more abundant possibilities for the way we live.… (mais)
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Título:How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures
Autores:Sabrina Imbler (Autor)
Informação:Back Bay Books (2024), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Sabrina Imbler is a queer, mixed-race science writer who does not come from a traditional science background. In this memoir, they compare their life experiences - being queer, realizing they’re trans, being part Asian, moving from California to New York City, etc. - with the weird lives of sea creatures from feral goldfish to maternal octopuses to communal salps.

I think I would call this more “essays” than a memoir, because there isn’t really a throughline or chronology. It’s just their feelings about bits and pieces of their life. Which is fine! I have read other books that try to make the same connections between other living creatures and the author's life, and this is far better than most. Imbler does extensive research and the connections are made on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis, not just chapter-by-chapter. I am a big fan of Imbler’s science writing on the internet and this is more of the same. My only quibble is that I wish there had been more of it…both more memoir and more about the animals. ( )
  norabelle414 | Jun 6, 2024 |
what isn't to like about this book. it's part memoir part science textbook. there were moments throughout this book that left me breathless. Sabrina Imbler's vulnerability and honesty is beautiful. it's philosophical, thought-provoking, and kind. it explores queer people as shapeshifters, as swarms, as immortal. this is a memoir that i already want to reread and take my time with. revisit single essays and appreciate Imbler's honesty
  Ellen-Simon | Apr 26, 2024 |
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It was an accident that I listened to this during PRIDE month but what a fortunate coincidence! I thought this was a book about sea life and didn’t know it was also an exploration of the author’s gender, sexuality, and race.

As a white, cis, straight person, gaining insight to their POV was fascinating and illuminating and the way that they used the behaviors and characteristics of sea creatures to illustrate similarities in humans and their own experience was just amazing.

I can’t say that I enjoyed every second of this book because sometimes learning about gigantic sea worms or is more gross than anything else but overall I’m really glad that I read this and learned so much about the wonders of the ocean and the experience of a person so different from myself.

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  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
How Far the Light Reaches is a unique book, part science and part memoir. The author uses sea creatures' habits as metaphors for personal life experiences. I learned some interesting facts about sea creatures, such as goldfish's growth potential and octopuses' starvation when brooding. Also, there were many tidbits about regeneration, predator/prey relationships, and morphing. The real focus, however, was on this author's ability to be true to self and explain complex feelings and iterations of growth by examining models in the sea. Imbler described sustained abuse at the hands of men by studying and comparing experiences with men to the habits of a predatory sand-striker worm, an ambush predator.

Another vivid comparison was the emotional morphing from family expectations to the life of a lesbian and member of a queer community. Imbler aligns life phases to that of a morphing cuttlefish. The cuttlefish has distinct disguises for different predators. The cuttlefish transformations are triggered by evolution, but the author could not wait for the evolving process to occur; it was essential to purposely morph, wear clothes that defied societal expectations, and convey personal messages about an invisible yet heartfelt internal evolution.

An easy-to-grasp description was that of a sturgeon starting its life in freshwater but mainly living in the sea. This was a great way to show a human metaphorically treading different waters during maturation. A quote from page 101 encapsulates one of the themes of Imbler's book:
"As queer people, we get to choose our families. Vent bacteria, tube worms, and yeti crabs take it one step further. They choose what nourishes them. They turn away from the sun and toward something more elemental, the inner heat and chemistry of Earth."
It was clear that the author found much satisfaction in studying instinct, life cycles, and stages of life. The statement that "metamorphosis in humans doesn't have to be a full-body thing" sums up the human's need to regrow in acceptance of self and others. ( )
  LindaLoretz | Oct 10, 2023 |
Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I liked the information and stories of different sea creatures intermingled and connected with different stories of Imbler's life. It was a quick read - not too long or too short. ( )
  Fatula | Sep 25, 2023 |
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A queer, mixed race writer working in a largely white, male field, science and conservation journalist Sabrina Imbler has always been drawn to the mystery of life in the sea, and particularly to creatures living in hostile or remote environments. Each essay in their debut collection profiles one such creature: the mother octopus who starves herself while watching over her eggs, the Chinese sturgeon whose migration route has been decimated by pollution and dams, the bizarre Bobbitt worm (named after Lorena), and other uncanny creatures lurking in the deep ocean, far below where the light reaches. Imbler discovers that some of the most radical models of family, community, and care can be found in the sea, from gelatinous chains that are both individual organisms and colonies of clones to deep-sea crabs that have no need for the sun, nourished instead by the chemicals and heat throbbing from the core of the Earth. Exploring themes of adaptation, survival, sexuality, and care, and weaving the wonders of marine biology with stories of their own family, relationships, and coming of age, How Far the Light Reaches is a book that invites us to envision wilder, grander, and more abundant possibilities for the way we live.

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