Animal Stories: Encounters with Alaska’s Wildlife
-by Bill Sherwonit
Softcover: 276 pages
Graphic Arts Books, September, 2014
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Animal Stories is a captivating collection of essays that describe the author’s memorable–and in some instances, astonishing and even life-changing–encounters with wild animals in Alaska. The stories have a wide reach, in a number of ways. Besides Sherwonit’s observations about Alaska’s best known and most charismatic wildlife–grizzlies and wolves, moose and Dall sheep, bald eagles and beluga whales–he introduces readers to many of the state’s species that are rarely encountered, from wood frogs to lynx and wolverines, and seamlessly weaves in natural history information about each animal. The settings of the stories are geographically diverse as well, stretching across the state.
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Bill is the author of more than a dozen books about Alaska, focusing on Denali, the Iditarod, the Brooks Range, and the necessity of wilderness. His most recent books include Denali National Park: The Complete Guide to the Mountain, Wildlife, and Year-Round Outdoor Activities; Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness; and Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey.
“In his ANIMAL STORIES, Bill Sherwonit reminds us that community is built and sustained not only by humans caring for one another, but by humans noticing, coming to know, and caring about their animal neighbors. From the black-capped chickadees at his feeder, to the wood frogs in an urban pond, to the wolverines he encounters on the alpine tundra, Sherwonit celebrates Alaskan wildlife in all its forms with his eyes, ears, heart, and curiosity wide open. In prose that’s clear as a rain-washed sky, he observes and writes as a true citizen-naturalist and nature writer.” — Eva Saulitis, author of Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas
“A well-crafted, eclectic, and engaging combination of memoir, natural history, and keen insight, ANIMAL STORIES delivers a fine read. Bill Sherwonit’s three-plus decades of experience with Alaska wildlife, and his love for them all, from grizzlies to robins, shines forth.” — Nick Jans, author of A Wolf Called Romeo