By Nick Jans
Hardcover: 288 pages, 32 b&w photos
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July, 2014
All copies personally signed by Nick Jans
$23.00 includes free shipping (cover price: $26.00)
No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical species—up close as never before.
A Wolf Called Romeo is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, torn between shoot first, ask questions later instincts and curiosity. But as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. For Nick it was about trying to understand Romeo, then it was about winning his trust, and ultimately it was about watching over him, for as long as he or anyone could.
Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, A Wolf Called Romeo is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more.
Now a New York Times Bestseller!
“Jans is an exceptional storyteller — no nature writer can top him in terms of sheer emotional force — and he frames even the smallest moment with haunting power. ” NYT
* To read more about Romeo, please see the article “Romeo’s Story” in the Winter 2010 edition of Alaska Wildlife Echoes.
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Reviews of A Wolf Called Romeo:
“A compelling, grounded account of a black wolf that stepped forward in the half-light between wilderness and civilization and the people who met him there. From the powerful first moments to a hard-won conclusion that becomes our journey, too, A Wolf Called Romeo is a book to keep a reader up nights, and a book that carries long after the last page is turned.” — Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing and The Possibility Dogs.
“A Wolf Called Romeo is one of the best books I’ve read in a great many years. It gives heart-wrenching insight into an amazing animal, important insight into the shining side of our relationship with that animal, and important if bitter insight into the dark side. It’s told in a quiet, even-handed manner which makes it all the more compelling, and it’s riveting. In short, this is a real page turner– one that years from now you will remember in all its detail. If you have only the time to read one book, read this one.” — Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs and A Million Years With You.
For more information about Nick Jans and A Wolf Called Romeo, please visit nickjans.com.