Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness

Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness

by Michael P. Branch

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Overview

2017 Finalist - Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award
2017 Finalist - Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Creative Book Award
2017 Finalist - Evans Biography and Handcart Award

Combining natural history, humor, and personal narrative, Raising Wild is an intimate exploration of Nevada’s Great Basin Desert, the wild and extreme land of high desert caliche and juniper, of pronghorn antelope and mountain lions, where wildfires and snowstorms threaten in equal measure. 

Michael Branch “earned his whiskers” in the Great Basin Desert of northwestern Nevada, in the wild and extreme landscape where he lives off the grid with his wife and two curious little girls. Shifting between pastoral passages on the beauty found in the desert and humorous tales of the humility of being a father, Raising Wild offers an intimate portrait of a landscape where mountain lions and ground squirrels can threaten in equal measure. With Branch’s distinct lyricism and wit, this exceedingly barren landscape becomes a place resonant with the rattle of snakes, the plod of pronghorn antelope, and the rustle of juniper trees, a place that is teeming with energy, surprise, and an endless web of connections. Part memoir, part homage to an environment all-to-often brushed aside as inhospitable, Raising Wild offers an intergenerational approach to nature, family, and the forgotten language of wildness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611804591
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,241,146
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MIKE BRANCH is the author of more than 200 essays, articles, and reviews, and has given more than 250 public readings and lectures. His creative nonfiction includes pieces that have received Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize and been recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays (three times), The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His essays have appeared in magazines including Orion, Ecotone, Slate, Utne Reader, Sunset, Reader's Digest, Hawk and Handsaw, High Country News, Places, and Whole Terrain, and in many essay collections, including Wonder and Other Survival Skills, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. He is co-founder of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and he served for sixteen years as the Book Review Editor of the creative/scholarly journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Mike is Professor of Literature and Environment in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he co-founded the nation's first graduate program in Literature and Environment studies.

Table of Contents

Pre-Amble: Learning to Walk xi

Part 1 Birthing 1

1 Endlessly Rocking 3

2 The Nature within Us 29

3 Tracking Stories 43

4 Ladder to the Pleiades 71

Part 2 Wilding 89

5 The Adventures of Peavine and Charlie 91

6 The Wild within Our Walls 107

7 Playing with the Stick 127

8 Freebirds 147

Part 3 Humbling 161

9 Finding the Future Forest 163

10 My Children's First Garden 181

11 The Hills Are Alive 211

12 Fire on the Mountain 223

Coda: The V.E.C.T.O.R.L.O.S.S. Project 255

Reading Group Guide 275

Acknowledgments 280

Credits 284

About the Author 286

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