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Gary Grossman takes us outside the peer-reviewed lines of his esteemed career as a fish-fondling scientist, to show in words and artist sketch, a life inspired by family, friends, love and a passion for all things finned, gilled and scaled. Through a story of personal and societal trial and tribulation. My Life in Fish, is a wonderfully unique and introspective autobiographical deep-dive, vividly coloring one of the world’s renowned ichthyologists in beautiful human tones.
J. Drew Lanham, 2022 MacArthur Fellow, is author of The Home Place — Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed/Tantor 2016/2018) and Sparrow Envy – Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts (2021).
“A beautifully-written meditation on how to find a life in science. Gary Grossman shows us how to live an ethical life understanding the natural world despite childhood trauma, financial challenges, and broken academic institutions. This surprising and inspiring book is a must read. “
Scott Reynolds Nelson, author of Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World
Gary Grossman’s My Life in Fish is a friendly, accessible autobiography of a life in science – warts and all. An eye-opening account of becoming and staying a scientist, charmingly illustrated.
Jessy Randall, author of Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in Science
I envy the reader who holds this book in hand for the first time, for I dare say that from the very first page, you’ll be carried away to places you never imagined you’d go, just as I was… This book blends and harmonizes the most unlikely bedfellows. If you love graphic biographies, science, nature, music, storytelling, grandparents, learning, and if you crave hope for our beleaguered world, you will love A Life in Fish.
Reginald McKnight, Author of He Sleeps, and The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas
Grossman’s graphic memoir offers a deeply affecting and honest account of his journey from a traumatic childhood in southern California, toward a fulfilling adult life as an academic at a research intensive university in the southern U.S. Although personal and professional heartbreaks punctuate much of his story, it is ultimately a story of reinvention and triumph.
Jacquelyn J. Benson, Associate Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
A moving memoir of love and loss, discovery, science, and the importance of fortitude. Inspiring!
Sarah Aronson, author of Just Like Rube Goldberg
Gary Grossman shares his extraordinary experiences in a most engaging way. Gary had a very rough childhood, and is quite open about the travails he has had to overcome throughout his life. But to a large extent he has been sustained by a love of natural history, a realm he devoted himself to in his professional activities. Along the way key people, none more that his wife, enabled him to become the accomplished scientist, teacher, artist, and father of two remarkable daughters. I am thankful Gary shared the painful and the joyous in this memoir, further enhanced by terrific illustrations.
Joel Greenberg, Research Associate, Field Museum and author of A Feathered River Across the Sky