Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places

Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603586399
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,235,198
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

One of the most widely read authors on anthropology and animals wild and domestic, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has observed dogs, cats, elephants, and human animals during her half-century-long career, all of which was inspired by her lengthy trips to Africa as a young woman. Her many books include Dreaming of Lions, The Hidden Life of Dogs, The Social Lives of Dogs, The Tribe of Tiger, The Old Way, and The Hidden Life of Deer. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Gaia ix

1 The Woods 1

2 Dogs 12

3 Cats 18

4 Kalahari 25

5 The Ju/Wasi 41

6 Steve 67

7 Marriage 77

8 Uganda 84

9 Nigeria 111

10 Dark 137

11 Warrior 155

12 The Ice Maiden 179

13 Love and Work 198

14 Research 211

15 Writing 239

16 A Million Years With You 263

17 80 273

Afterword 283

Notes 301

Acknowledgments 303

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