Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals

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Though women have long felt kinship with animals, in the past, they seldom participated in the study of them. Now, as more women make animals the subject of their investigations, significant new ideas are emerging--based on the premise that animals are honored co-sharers of the earth. This unprecedented anthology features original stories, essays, meditations, and poems by a vast array of women nature writers and field scientists, including:

DIANE ACKERMAN - VIRGINIA COYLE - ...

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Overview

Though women have long felt kinship with animals, in the past, they seldom participated in the study of them. Now, as more women make animals the subject of their investigations, significant new ideas are emerging--based on the premise that animals are honored co-sharers of the earth. This unprecedented anthology features original stories, essays, meditations, and poems by a vast array of women nature writers and field scientists, including:

DIANE ACKERMAN - VIRGINIA COYLE - GRETEL EHRLICH - DIAN FOSSEY - TESS GALLAGHER - JANE GOODALL - TEMPLE GRANDIN - SUSAN GRIFFIN - JOY HARJO - BARBARA KINGSOLVER - URSULA LE GUIN - DENISE LEVERTOV - LINDA McCARRISTON - SUSAN CHERNAK McELROY - RIGOBERTA MENCHÚ - CYNTHIA MOSS - KATHERINE PAYNE - MARGE PIERCY - PATTIANN ROGERS - LINDA TELLINGTON-JONES - HAUNANI-KAY TRASK - GILLIAN VAN HOUTEN - TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A celebration of compassion . . . Women are opening new ways of communicating with and understanding the animal world."
--The Seattle Times

"IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING BOOK IS FOUND THE COMFORT OF READING OUR OWN HEARTS, OF FINDING OUR OWN FAMILY WITHIN THE VAST UNKNOWN OF OUR EARTHLY HOME."
--NAPRA ReView

"A SPLENDID, MULTIHUED COLLECTION . . . THESE ARE, INDEED, STORIES OF AN INTIMATE NATURE: SENSUOUS, UNSPARING, CAREFULLY MULLED, RAZOR SHARP."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A PHENOMENALLY BEAUTIFUL BOOK."
--The Woman's Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ranging from Native American folktales to scientific field observations, this book's stories, essays and poems (about 60% of which are original) by women about animals encompass everything from accounts of standoffs with wild bears to memoirs of personal relationships with pets. The editors note that, today, female researchers of animals abound (about 50% of primatologists are women, for example) and contend that these women's observations reveal a "new understanding," an approach and viewpoint toward animals that is different from those of their male counterparts. Seemingly less hindered by an assumption of the naturalness of male dominance and aggression, the women represented here often observe nuances in animal relationships that indicate cooperation, communication, nonprocreative sexuality and "co-dominance" or "mild and unobnoxious" female dominance. Generally, these writers (including Jane Goodall, Ursula K. Le Guin, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker and the late Dian Fossey, among many others) seem more interested in nurturing, leaving alone, understanding, learning from and being healed by animals. Reading their fascinating accounts of close encounters with whales, dolphins, orangutans, bears, wolves, elephants, chimpanzees, birds and horses can, in the editors' words, help begin to "return us to a sacred relationship with the natural world."
Library Journal
This book brings together stories, poems, essays, and meditations by the editors and more than 70 other prominent female nature writers and field scientists, including Gretel Ehrlich, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Terry Tempest Williams, to show how women are reestablishing their relationship with animals on a basis of respect and empathy. Wildlife researchers like Jane Goodall or Cynthia Moss integrate compassion and intuition with the data they report. Native American women explore the wisdom of tribal elders for lessons on sharing the earth with animals. Women who have nurtured or trained individual animals recount, sometimes humorously, how they learned to communicate across the species barrier. All the contributors celebrate animals as our peers on this planet; many also warn against the loneliness and silence of the wasteland we are creating as we push ever more species to the brink of extinction. This collection should appeal to young adults as well as general adult readers. Recommended for academic and public libraries.Joan S. Elbers, formerly Montgomery Coll., Rockville, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449003008
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST TRADE
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Animals and People: "The Human Heart in Conflict with Itself"
I First People 1
Story from Bear Country 3
First People 6
Who Speaks for Wolf 20
The Nahual 27
Why I Love with Admiration Every Salmon I See 29
Prayer 34
The Dog That Runs in the Rough Seas 37
Caribou 46
Clan Eyes 49
The Last Wolf 51
She Had Some Horses 53
II Deep Science: Living in the Field 55
Akmad 57
Bonobo Society: Amicable, Amorous and Run by Women 68
Underwater Overtures 71
Beyond Species 78
Looking After God's Birds 85
Living with Wolves 90
Gorillas in the Mist 97
The Burden of the Beach 104
Elephant Memories 115
Elephant Talk 126
The Case for the Personhood of Gorillas 132
Life Among the Whales 142
Listening to the Sea Breathing: An Interview with Helena Symonds 152
I Acknowledge Mine 159
III Borderlines: The Domesticated Wild 167
How I Tithe 169
Thinking Like Animals 176
Beyond Predator and Prey 180
Justice in Venice Beach 187
Goat's Milk 189
Calving Heifers in a March Blizzard 200
An Interview with Linda Tellington-Jones 203
His Power: He Tames What Is Wild 209
Petra 213
Friends, Foes, and Working Animals 223
Partnering Pegasus 229
IV Relationships: Learning from Animals 243
Left Sink 245
Making Peace 250
Elegy for Diamond 258
Fear in the Shape of a Fish 266
Moonfire 280
Sweet Hope Waiting 285
Hand-raising a Rhino in the Wild 291
Ursa Minor 295
The Moon by Whale Light 304
Mazes 309
V Come into Animal Presence: Testimonies 313
Come into Animal Presence 315
Le Coursier de Jeanne D'Arc 316
Healing the Mare 319
Tippet 321
The Universe Responds: Or, How I Learned We Can Have Peace on Earth 323
Dance of the Deer 328
Winter Poem/The Snowy Owl 330
Destroying the Cormorant Eggs 333
The Hummingbird 334
Wild Mothers 336
Change of Life 337
Great White Heron 338
Crows 342
The Chimpanzee at Stanford 344
The Bear Story 345
The Bear 347
The Darkness Is Light Enough: Field Journal of a Night Naturalist 348
An Interview with Keiko's Trainers 349
Mind in the Waters 357
VI Restoration: Bringing Back the Animals 359
Coming Home 361
Shades of Gray 375
Shingalana: The Lioness of Londolozi 379
Dance with a Giraffe 393
To Be Taken 397
Sitting in Council with All Creatures: A Conversation with Virginia Coyle 405
Venison Pie 414
Coyote 420
Apprenticeship to Animal Play 428
Epilogue: Digging Up the Roots 438
About the Contributors 443
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