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Social Justice Reading Club

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

Our spring Social Justice Reading Club book selection is An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Young. 

“A moth will never know what a zebra finch hears in its song, a zebra finch will never feel the electric buzz of a black ghost knifefish, a knifefish will never see through the eyes of a mantis shrimp, a mantis shrimp will never smell the way a dog can, and a dog will never understand what it is to be a bat. We will never fully do any of these things either, but we are the only animal that can try.” Ed Yong, An Immense World

"A dazzling ride through the sensory world of astoundingly sophisticated creatures . . . It’s Mr. Yong’s task to expand our thinking, to rouse our sense of wonder, to help us feel humbled and exalted at the capabilities of our fellow inhabitants on Earth. . . . [A] deeply affectionate travelogue of animal sensory wonders."The Wall Street Journal

Ways to Read the Book:

1. Checkout the physical book from Gumberg 

2. Checkout the eBook from Gumberg

3. E-Reserve link to: Introduction & Chapter 1. The password is immense

4. EZborrow Request

5. Borrow the book from a public library in Allegheny County. To check the availability at your local library, visit the Allegheny County Libraries Catalog page


Complimentary Virtual Author Talk – Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Monday, April 29, 2024 7:30 p.m.

Access to the recorded program will be available following the event

Lunch Discussion
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 12 noon

Gumberg Library, Room 202


Register for the Programs Here