Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey

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In 1974, twenty-four-year-old Bill Sherwonit stepped into a whole new life—deep in the Alaska wild. In this engaging essay collection, Sherwonit now recollects his adventures and trials of his more than thirty years in the Alaska wilderness.

 

From the streets of Anchorage to wildlife preserves where wolves and bears freely roam, Sherwonit has witnessed the collision of man and nature firsthand in the untamed climes of Alaska.  Living with Wildness constructs a ...

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Overview

In 1974, twenty-four-year-old Bill Sherwonit stepped into a whole new life—deep in the Alaska wild. In this engaging essay collection, Sherwonit now recollects his adventures and trials of his more than thirty years in the Alaska wilderness.

 

From the streets of Anchorage to wildlife preserves where wolves and bears freely roam, Sherwonit has witnessed the collision of man and nature firsthand in the untamed climes of Alaska.  Living with Wildness constructs a continuum of “wildness” with Sherwonit’s lyrical writings, as he recounts intimate moments with the songbirds fluttering around his home birdfeeder and the halibut on his fishing line, as well as exciting experiences, including his close encounter with a grizzly bear and the breathtaking views of the Northern Lights in the remote North. Sherwonit discusses the cultural idea of the “wild man” and meditates on his own efforts to spiritually connect with nature, noting that “Wilderness is a place. Wildness, on the other hand, is a quality, a state of being.”

 

A compellingly intimate and mesmerizing narrative, Living with Wildness reveals how we can engage with nature and access the wildness in our own selves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602230149
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 588,593
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Sherwonit is a widely published journalist and nature writer, and has written ten previous books on Alaska.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Coming Home 1

2 Anchorage's Hillside: Living with Wildness 9

3 Anchorage's Hillside: Wildness Through the Years and Seasons 21

4 Connecticut Roots 49

5 Hunting Anchorage's Frogs 61

6 Airport Pond: An Urban Tale of Discovery and Loss 69

7 Living with Bears 73

8 Anchorage's Wild Coastal Fringes 93

9 Chugach State Park: Wilderness at the Edge of Town 129

10 Wonders of the Night Sky 143

11 Going Solo Through Gates of the Arctic 151

12 Encounters with the Other: Arctic Wolf 163

13 Encounters with the Other: In the Company of Bears 167

14 Encounters with the Other: A Gift of Halibut 181

15 In Search of the Wild Man 193

16 Epilogue: First Snow 215

Selected Readings 219

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