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The cockroach papers : a compendium of history and lore
Schweid, Richard, 1946-
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Publication Information:
New York : Four Walls Eight Windows ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West, [1999]

Physical Description:
193 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Reading Level:
1350 Lexile.
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QL505.5 .S38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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What has six legs, skulks around late at night, and likes to sniff out the hidden crevices, the dank corners, and the dark recesses? The cockroach, of course. The cockroach is a bug of great design. Most of its contemporaries from the Carboniferous period -- around 300 million B.C. -- are extinct, but cockroaches live on reproducing inside our walls and traveling the world as stowaways aboard ships. In The Cockroach Papers, readers learn more than they ever wanted to know about this nasty little pest. It features a mix of anecdotal material from people who have had memorable (mostly nightmarish) interactions with roaches and facts about the lives of roaches -- from where they live and how they mate to their much-awaited dying days.

Author Notes

Richard Schweid is the author of three books on such diverse subjects as hot peppers and Cajuns, catfish farmers in the Mississippi Delta, and Barcelona, Spain, where he lives.

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Choice Review

Writer Schweid manages to provide a lot of technical information concerning the life and times of cockroaches and at the same time anecdotal stories of his own life. The book consists of seven chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of cockroach biology. Each chapter begins with a story that segues into the chapter topic; e.g., in chapter 7, "Hambre," Schweid begins by describing the glue sniffing children of Managua, Nicaragua; from there he moves into discussing the behavior of cockroaches. Schweid has done his homework. The papers and people mentioned in each chapter are noted in a complete and up-to-date bibliography. There are photos and line drawings. A few of the photos are a bit dark but are still viewable. The novel addition is a flipbook movie in the second half of the book that shows cockroaches mating. Other authors have discussed other insects (Vincent Dethier on flies, Bernd Heinrich on bumblebees, and E.O. Wilson on ants), but not in the same way as Schweid covers cockroaches. This book is for all readers, not just those with a technical background in entomology or invertebrate zoology. All levels. L. T. Spencer; Plymouth State College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. iii
Chapter 1 Saving All Sentient Beingsp. 1
Chapter 2 The Mobp. 23
Chapter 3 La Zonap. 45
Chapter 4 Hambrep. 77
Chapter 5 A Bullet Don't Have Nobody's Name on Itp. 105
Chapter 6 Warp. 127
Chapter 7 Coexistencep. 155
Bibliographyp. 172
Indexp. 186