Wildflower (eBook)


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)

About the Author

Mark Seal has been a journalist for more than thirty years. Currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, he has written for many major magazines and served as a collaborator on almost twenty nonfiction books. Although he has written thousands of stories, Seal says none has struck a chord with readers more than the story of the incredible life and brutal death of Joan Root, which he originally reported in the August 2006 issue of Vanity Fair. He lives in Aspen, Colorado.

Praise for Wildflower…


 "[A] richly detailed portrait... Thanks to Seal's meticulous recreation, [Joan Root's] extraordinary life lives on." –People

“Exhilaratingly close-range biography.” –Vogue

“Full of letters and diary entries, [Wildflower]…boils over with romance and adventure. The film rights have been optioned by Julia Roberts’ production company. But don’t wait for the movie–grab this compelling story as soon as it hits store shelves.” –Los Angeles Times Magazine
"Deaturing an extraordinary real-life heroine, exotic settings, a love triangle, and a mysterious death, Seal's riveting portrayal of famous wildlife filmmaker Joan root is not to be missed." –Good Housekeeping
“[This is a great story built from many interviews of friends and family and from Root's extensive diaries and letters. What an adventure! What an example! Highly recommended. [Film rights were sold to Julia Roberts].” –Library Journal ( starred review)

Sweeping and atmospheric… Seal's effort is a seamless story redolent with adventure, passion and heartbreak; its beauty nearly eclipses the tragedy of Root's untimely–and unsolved–death in 2006.” –Publishers Weekly

“Zesty biography of wildlife documentarian and conservationist Joan Root… Transports readers into the midst of an incandescent, doomed life.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“A moving tale.”
–Celebrated Living, The Luxury Magazine For American Airlines Premium Class Passengers

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781588368614
Published: Random House, 05/26/2009
Language: en

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