Wildflower by Mark Seal
An Extraordinary Life and Untimely 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)

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A journalist for thirty-five years, MARK SEAL is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Death in Africa, about the murdered wildlife filmmaker and naturalist Joan Root. Seal was a 2010 National Magazine Award finalist for his Vanity Fair profile of Clark Rockefeller. He lives in Aspen, Colorado.
Published May 20, 2009 by Random House. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Zesty biography of wildlife documentarian and conservationist Joan Root (1937–2006).

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Christian Science Monitor

Now in paperback, the story of Joan Root’s trajectory from documentarian to conservationist to murder victim makes a captivating summer read.

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USA Today

On Jan. 13, 2006, gunmen shot Root, 69, to death in her bedroom on Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Happy Valley.She led an astonishing life.Born in Kenya in 1936 to a British-born coffee planter who also operated photo safaris during which tourists shot photographs, not animals, Joan Root grew up tall, ...

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Denver Post

He hadn't come to reunite with the woman who had once been his wife, partner, and best friend, the woman he'd left to live alone in Africa for sixteen years.

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Australian Women Online

After emailing everyone he knew in an attempt to find Alan Root, Seal was stunned to receive an email from Alan only days later – with the single line “I hear you are looking for me.” Within days, after an invitation from Alan, Seal was on his way to Kenya to a memorial service for Joan.

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