For Small Creatures Such as We hunts for the meaning behind our most common, beloved celebrations and envisions how we can grow these roots into new and fulfilling secular rituals. From the daughter of celebrated scientist, Carl Sagan, this is a luminous and moving tribute to a father, a newborn daughter, a marriage and the natural world.
'A charming book, ringing with the joy of existence.' - Richard Dawkins
'How often have you asked yourself: What is the meaning of life? Sasha Sagan finds it everywhere - with her family, around the world, and especially among the stars... Read her work; you'll have a deeper appreciation for your every step, every bite, and every breath.' - Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society
Sasha Sagan's parents - the astronomer Carl Sagan and the writer and producer, Ann Druyan - taught her that the natural world and vast cosmos are full of profound beauty, and that science reveals truths more wondrous than any myth or fable. When Sagan herself became a mother, she began her own hunt for the phenomena behind our most treasured occasions - from births to deaths, holidays to weddings, anniversaries, and more - growing these roots into a new set of rituals for her young daughter to honour the joy and significance of each experience without relying on a religious framework.
Part memoir, part handbook and part social history, For Small Creatures Such as We is a luminous exploration of all of Earth's marvels that requires no faith in order to be believed.
Sasha Sagan holds a degree in Dramatic Literature from New York University. She has worked as a television producer, filmmaker, editor, and speaker. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, O. the Oprah Magazine, The Violet Book, and elsewhere. For Small Creatures Such as We is her first book.
Mind, Body, Spirit