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Wild Spectacle: Seeking Wonders in a World Beyond Humans

By: ray, janisse

"Janisse Ray at her best.... If there's a more open, honest, and appealing writer today, I've not met her." -- Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home: A Long Walk across America's Most Hopeful Landscape

From the bestselling author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, an exploration of the astounding and vanishing wild world.

Audience Type:Adults


More Books Written By Author: ray, janisse

Publish Date: 10/26/2021


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Looking for adventure and continuing a process of self-discovery, Janisse Ray has repeatedly set out to immerse herself in wildness, to be wild, and to learn what wildness can teach us. From overwintering with monarch butterflies in Mexico to counting birds in Belize, the stories in Wild Spectacle capture her luckiest moments--ones of heart-pounding amazement, discovery of romance, and moving toward living more wisely. In Ray's worst moments she crosses boundaries to encounter danger and embrace sadness.

Anchored firmly in two places Ray has called home--Montana and southern Georgia--the sixteen essays here span a landscape from Alaska to Central America, connecting common elements in the ecosystems of people and place. One of her abiding griefs is that she has missed the sights of explorers like Bartram, Sacagawea, and Carver: flocks of passenger pigeons, routes of wolves, herds of bison. She craves a wilder world and documents encounters that are rare in a time of disappearing habitat, declining biodiversity, and a world too slowly coming to terms with climate change.

In an age of increasingly virtual, urban life, Ray embraces the intentionality of trying to be a better person balanced with seeking out natural spectacle, abundance, and less trammeled environments. She questions what it means to travel into the wild as a woman, speculates on the impacts of ecotourism and travel in general, questions assumptions about eating from the land, and appeals to future generations to make substantive change.

Wild Spectacle explores our first home, the wild earth, and invites us to question its known and unknown beauties and curiosities.

Publisher: Trinity University Press
Published Date: 10/26/2021
Binding: Hardcover
Audience Type: Adults
Language: English
Pages: 208
Dimensions: Length: 8.70, Width: 5.70, Height: 1.00
Weight: 0.85