To those of us who are natural history museum enthusiasts, curators are the veritable high priestesses and priests of the temple. The opportunity to meet and chat with one during a visit, even if for only a few minutes, makes the day a red letter one indeed.

So when I discovered that Lance Grande, curator at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, had written the soon-to-be-published Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums, a book which reportedly pulls back the curtain to tell all the world just what it is curators do as well – as why they do it – I immediately knew that it was a book that must be reviewed in The Well-read Naturalist.

And so it shall be.