Wild Thoughts from Wild Places

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439125279

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 3351


In Wild Thoughts from Wild Places, award-winning journalist David Quammen reminds us why he has become one of our most beloved science and nature writers. This collection of twenty-three of Quammen's most intriguing, most exciting, most memorable pieces takes us to meet kayakers on the Futaleufu River of southern Chile, where Quammen describes how it feels to travel in fast company and flail for survival in the river's maw. We are introduced to the commerce in pearls (and black-market parrots) in the Aru Islands of eastern Indonesia. Quammen even finds wildness in smog-choked Los Angeles -- embodied in an elusive population of urban coyotes, too stubborn and too clever to surrender to the sprawl of civilization. With humor and intelligence, David Quammen's Wild Thoughts from Wild Places also reminds us that humans are just one of the many species on earth with motivations, goals, quirks, and eccentricities. Expect to be entertained and moved on this journey through the wilds of science and nature.

Wild Thoughts

Author: Delaney Diamond

Publisher: Garden Avenue Press

ISBN: 1940636639

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 597


It started with a little white lie...Lindsay Winthrop's weekly podcast on sex and dating has garnered thousands of listeners across the country, thanks to experience with a loving fiancé she's been with for two years. Except, her husband-to-be doesn't exist, and now she's in a bind. With a book deal on the line, she has to find a man fast, and Malik Brooks might be just the man she's looking for. If he knows what's good for him, he'll stay away from her... A few years ago, Malik gave up sex and now works hard as a metal sculptor. In doing so, he's created enough pieces to fill a gallery, and his vow of celibacy has kept him focused. When a major deal falls through, Lindsay makes him an offer he can't refuse, and all he has to do is pretend to be her fiancé. Sounds easy at first, but after one kiss, he wants more. Then things really get interesting.

Wild Spaces, Open Seasons

Hunting and Fishing in American Art

Author: Kevin Sharp

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806157038

Category: Art

Page: 204

View: 7417


Wild Spaces, Open Seasons traces the theme of hunting and fishing in American art from the early nineteenth century through World War II. Describing a remarkable group of American paintings and sculpture, the contributors reveal the pervasiveness of the subjects and the fascinating contexts from which they emerged. In one important example after another, the authors demonstrate that representations of hunting and fishing did more than illustrate subsistence activities or diverting pastimes. The portrayal of American hunters and fishers also spoke to American ambitions and priorities. In his introduction, noted outdoorsman and author Stephen J. Bodio surveys the book’s major artists, who range from society painters to naturalists and modernists. Margaret C. Adler then explores how hunting and fishing imagery in American art reflects traditional myths, some rooted in classicism, others in the American appetite for tall tales. Kory W. Rogers, in his discussion of works that valorize the dangers hunters faced pursuing their prey, shows how American artists constructed new rituals at a time when the United States was rapidly transforming from a frontier society into a modern urban nation. Shirley Reece-Hughes looks at depictions of families, pairs, and parties of hunters and fishers and how social bonding reinvigorated American society at a time of social, political, and cultural change. Finally, Adam M. Thomas considers themes of exploration and hunting as integral to conveying the individualism that was a staple of westward expansion. In their depictions of the hunt or the catch, American artists connected a dynamic and developing nation to its past and its future. Through the examination of major works of art, Wild Spaces, Open Seasons brings to light an often-overlooked theme in American painting and sculpture.

Wild Thoughts

Author: Leena Love

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1525528025

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 1691


Jake is new to town and determined, for once, to live a simple life. All he wants is to work his groundskeeper job, stay fit, make some friends, and find romance with his sexy, cat-loving hairdresser, Joline—and keep the secret that he’s ludicrously wealthy. When romance sparks between Jake and Joline, he thinks he’s got it all figured it out, that is until he discovers Joline has her own secrets. The truth is that she has more in common with her cats than Jake could ever guess. Jake soon discovers that his new life is nothing close to simple, and that his normal friends are anything but. Then, sabotaged by an old, jealous flame, Jake soon discovers just how it feels to be in touch with his wild, inner animal and he finds himself losing the love of his life. Can these lovers reconcile their true natures? Can there be harmony between the conflicting parts of themselves? Or will Jake’s quest to change his own animal instincts cause him to lose everything? Wild Thoughts is part romance, part paranormal fantasy. Erotic, compelling, and mysterious, the heat between these characters will keep you reading and wanting more.

Outdoors in the Southwest

An Adventure Anthology

Author: Andrew Gulliford

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806145544

Category: HISTORY

Page: 440

View: 4835


More college students than ever are majoring in Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Education, or Adventure Education, but fewer and fewer Americans spend any time in thoughtful, respectful engagement with wilderness. While many young people may think of adrenaline-laced extreme sports as prime outdoor activities, with Outdoors in the Southwest, Andrew Gulliford seeks to promote appreciation for and discussion of the wild landscapes where those sports are played. Advocating an outdoor ethic based on curiosity, cooperation, humility, and ecological literacy, this essay collection features selections by renowned southwestern writers including Terry Tempest Williams, Edward Abbey, Craig Childs, and Barbara Kingsolver, as well as scholars, experienced guides, and river rats. Essays explain the necessity of nature in the digital age, recount rafting adventures, and reflect on the psychological effects of expeditions. True-life cautionary tales tell of encounters with nearly disastrous flash floods, 900-foot falls, and lightning strikes. The final chapter describes the work of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, and other exemplars of “wilderness tithing”—giving back to public lands through volunteering, stewardship, and eco-advocacy. Addressing the evolution of public land policy, the meaning of wilderness, and the importance of environmental protection, this collection serves as an intellectual guidebook not just for students but for travelers and anyone curious about the changing landscape of the West.

When the Wild Comes Leaping Up

Personal Encounters with Nature

Author: David Suzuki

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1926706153

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 7662


In this eloquent collection, writers from the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Australia describe a personal encounter with the natural world that moved them, enhanced their understanding of nature, changed them, or was in some other way of prime importance to them. These essays describe childhood memories, everyday walks transformed into life-changing events, being in the grip of a great force, and startling encounters with wild animals. They are funny, sad, reflective, exciting, nostalgic, and outlandish. Each one presents a singular experience, and all are beautifully written and deeply felt. Personal encounters with the natural world written by award-winning authors. Some of the award-winning contributors include Margaret Atwood, Diane Ackerman, David Quammen, Rick Bass, and Wade Davis.

The Boilerplate Rhino

Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439125430

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 9969


In 1981 David Quammen began what might be every freelance writer's dream: a monthly column for Outside magazine in which he was given free rein to write about anything that interested him in the natural world. His column was called "Natural Acts," and for the next fifteen years he delighted Outside's readers with his fascinating ruminations on the world around us. The Boilerplate Rhino brings together twenty-six of Quammen's most thoughtful and engaging essays from that column, none previously printed in any of his earlier books. In lucid, penetrating, and often quirkily idiosyncratic prose, David Quammen takes his readers with him as he explores the world. His travels lead him to rattlesnake handlers in Texas; a lizard specialist in Baja; the dinosaur museum in Jordan, Montana; and halfway across Indonesia in search of the perfect Durian fruit. He ponders the history of nutmeg in the southern Moluccas, meditates on bioluminescent beetles while soaking in the waters of the Amazon, and delivers "The Dope on Eggs" from a chicken ranch near his hometown in Montana. Quammen's travels are always jumping-off points to explore the rich and sometimes horrifying tension between humankind and the natural world, in all its complexity and ambivalence. The result is another irrepressible assortment of ideas to explore, conundrums to contemplate, and wondrous creatures to behold.

The Song of the Dodo

Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439124965

Category: Nature

Page: 704

View: 3105


David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

In die Wildnis

Allein nach Alaska

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492957773

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1083


Im August 1992 wurde die Leiche von Chris McCandless im Eis von Alaska gefunden. Wer war dieser junge Mann, und was hatte ihn in die gottverlassene Wildnis getrieben? Jon Krakauer hat sein Leben erforscht, seine Reise in den Tod rekonstruiert und ein traurig-schönes Buch geschrieben über die Sehnsucht, die diesen Mann veranlasste, sämtliche Besitztümer und Errungenschaften der Zivilisation hinter sich zu lassen, um tief in die wilde und einsame Schönheit der Natur einzutauchen.– Verfilmt von Sean Penn mit Emile Hirsch.

Natural acts

a sidelong view of science and nature

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Laurel

ISBN: 9780440556961

Category: Nature

Page: 221

View: 4040


Essays discuss bats, octopuses, crows, snakes, cockroaches, dinosaurs, bisons, animal rights, hypothermia, sea cucumbers, black widow spiders, and mosquitoes

Writing Environments

Author: Sidney I. Dobrin,Christopher J. Keller

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791483894

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 377

View: 873


"Writing Environments addresses the intersections between writing and nature through interviews with some of America's leading environmental writers. The interviews are followed by critical responses from writing scholars. This diverse range of voices speaks lucidly and captivatingly about topics such as place, writing, teaching, politics, race, and culture, and how these overlap in many complex ways."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Der große Trip

Tausend Meilen durch die Wildnis zu mir selbst

Author: Cheryl Strayed

Publisher: Kailash Verlag

ISBN: 3641046025

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 9919


EAT, PRAY, LOVE meets Hape Kerkeling Gerade 26 geworden, hat Cheryl Strayed das Gefühl, alles verloren zu haben. Drogen und Männer trösten sie über den Tod ihrer Mutter und das Scheitern ihrer Ehe hinweg. Als ihr ein Outdoor-Führer über den Pacific Crest Trail in die Hände fällt, trifft sie die folgenreichste Entscheidung ihres Lebens: mehr als tausend Meilen zu wandern. Die berührende Geschichte einer Selbstfindung – voller Witz, Weisheit und Intensität, mit einer respektlosen Heldin, die man lieben muss.

The land's wild music

encounters with Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, & James Galvin

Author: Mark Tredinnick

Publisher: Trinity Univ Pr

ISBN: 9781595340177

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

View: 2589


"A lyric reflection on the nature of landscape and its power to shape the lives and syntax of men and women. Examines the work of American writers Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, and James Galvin, looking at how their landscapes--the Cascades, Long Island, the Colorado Plateau, and the high prairies of the Rocky Mountains--have shaped them"--Provided by publisher.

Dreaming of Lions

My Life in the Wild Places

Author: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603586857

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2100


Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures, from her own backyard to the African savannah. Her books have transported millions of readers into the hidden lives of animals—from dogs and cats to deer and lions. She’s chronicled the daily lives of African tribes, and even imagined the lives of prehistoric humans. She illuminates unknown worlds like no other. Now, she opens the doors to her own. Dreaming of Lions traces Thomas’s life from her earliest days, including when, as a young woman in the 1950s, she and her family packed up and left for the Kalahari Desert to study the Ju/Wa Bushmen. The world’s understanding of African tribal cultures has never been the same since. Nor has Thomas, as the experience taught her not only how to observe, but also how to navigate in male-dominated fields like anthropology and animal science and do what she cared about most: spending time with animals and people in wild places, and relishing the people and animals around her at home. Readers join Thomas as she returns to Africa, after college and marriage, with her two young children, ending up in the turmoil leading to Idi Amin’s bloody coup. She invites us into her family life, her writing, and her fascination with animals—from elephants in Namibia, to dogs in her kitchen, or cougars outside her New England farmhouse. She also recounts her personal struggles, writing about her own life with the same kind of fierce honesty that she applies to the world around her, and delivering a memoir that not only shares tremendous insights, but also provides tremendous inspiration. Dreaming of Lions, originally published in hardcover as A Million Years With You, is slightly updated and includes a powerful new afterword by the author.

Wild New York

Der Naturreiseführer durch die Metropole

Author: Margaret Mittelbach,Michael Crewdson

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 303485062X

Category: Nature

Page: 162

View: 6699


Kapitel 1 Mittelpunkt New York Kapitel 2 Big Apples Vorgeschichte. 17 Kapitel 3 Unbekannte Nachbarschaft - Die Lebensräume der Stadt. 33 Kapitel 4 New Yorks Tierwelt .. 49 Kapitel 5 Wurzeln schlagen in New York - Die Pflanzen der Stadt .. 75 Kapitel 6 Rätselhafte Rituale - New Yorks Naturphänomene .. 91 Kapitel 7 Grünes New York - Natur in der Stadt entdecken . .. 103 Register. . ..... 155 nen Metropolen der Welt Und doch Fast jeder, dem wir von unserem Vor haben erzählten, ein Buch über die befand der Dichter Frank O'Hara im Natur in New York City zu schrei Jahr 1954: «Man braucht diese Stadt ben, fragte uns: «Gibt es dort so et nicht zu verlassen, um jede Form von Grün zu finden, die man sich was überhaupt?» Gibt es! Nach drei jähriger Recherche haben wir so viel nur wünschen kann_» Das ist auch heute noch so! «Wild New York» be Natur, wilde Tiere und Pflanzen in schreibt Klima, Geologie und Öko New York City entdeckt, daß wir gar nicht alles in einem Buch vorstel systeme sowie die Tier-und Pflan len können_ zenwelt dieser Stadt Über 30 Plätze Während unserer Erkundungen, in allen fünf Stadtteilen mit mehr die uns von Coney Island bis auf die oder weniger unberührter Natur Spitze des Empire State Building werden vorgestellt - das Spektrum führten, waren wir immer wieder reicht von der Atlantikküste und den fasziniert: von den wunderschönen Marschen bis hin zu Wäldern und Landschaften und Lebensräumen, baumumsäumten Teichen_ Nicht nur

Into Wild Places

Author: Robert Hoppensteadt

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465325105

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 8230


In the area between the ruins of San Franciscos skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge, the town of Fesh has sprung up around the fortress Cul-Dara, and there has been peace and prosperity for several hundred years. Here the Womens Council controls the government and Cul Guard, while Hunters, under their Patriarch, protect the citizens from monstrous carnivores that roam the land and sea. The Hunters are also responsible for keeping away raiders and slavers who ply the coastal waters, as well as the outcasts called Non that live in the interior marsh. One day, as Fesh is filling up with revelers for the autumn Equinal Games, a Non warrior is captured in the ruins. Forced to make a choice, he divulges an alliance that threatens to devastate the town and everyone in it. This sets in motion a chain of events that will keep you turning the pages one by one, until the story is told.