Who would have thunk it? A butterfly. Still can't figure out how it got its name. Maybe it hangs around open butter churns. Who knows?
But a book about butterflies - with large glossy pictures. Who can resist? I do, I physically stop and watch when a butterfly crosses my path. It's a relatively rare occurence that it has retained its fascination lo all these years. (Uh, lo?)
And why isn't there a four-leaf clover butterfly?
As is true of Sharman Apt Russell's "Anatomy of a Rose," her latest book, "An Obsession With Butterflies," is a rumination on beauty, passionately observed.
"Adding butterflies to your life is like adding another dimension," she writes, and during the course of this all-too-brief text reveals the splendor of this mythic insect — describing its relationship to the natural world, its amazing life cycle, eating and mating habits, coloring pattern and migratory behavior. She brings vast knowledge and a childlike wonder to her subject. Readers will gain a newfound appreciation for butterflies, and may very well race out the door afterward, filled with the hope of a sighting.