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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582438129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582438122
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At a low point in her life, Stuckey was visited by a vision of the birch tree planted beside the house she grew up in, and soon after, she discovered that the tree was diseased and had to be cut down. She seamlessly blends memoir, philosophy, and meditation on our role in the natural world with extended discussion of previous authors’ views on subjects as diverse as religion, economics, and biology, but she always comes back to our connection with nature. And by nature, she doesn’t mean just animals, though both wild and domestic animals are woven into her narrative. Living near a small canyon with a creek in its depths provides as strong an anchor for her wandering soul as does the dog who sleeps on her bed at night. As we are guided through the years of Stuckey’s journey to understanding her relationship with nature through her own explorations and other writers’ works, we come to the realization of our own connections with the natural world. --Nancy Bent

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"Through a tenderly woven collection of essays that blend personal reflections with spirituality, philosophy, animal behaviorism, evolution, geology and ecology, first-time author Stuckey explores the great rift between the living, breathing world and the modern culture bent on developing and destroying it...The narratives are well paced, using flashbacks wisely, and the language lyrical, possessing a poet’s cleverness of rhythm...[An] entertaining and emotionally resonant book." —Publisher's Weekly

"Kissed by a Fox will make you think about life and nature in a different way."—Temple Grandin, author, Animals in Translation

“An amazing philosophical memoir that weaves together the author's personal stories of ‘friendship in nature’ with an insightful history of Western thought, or failure of thought, on nature and the environment.”—Julene Bair, author, Where Rivers Run Sand (coming soon) and One Degree West

“Prophetic calls to live more justly are rarely as beautiful as Priscilla Stuckey’s Kissed by a Fox. We are offered stories of intertwined lives, encounters between members of different species, discoveries of intimacies with rocks, plants, galaxies, pets, and wild things. We are invited to build an Earth-friendly culture by simply living more respectfully among others. It is a compelling call.” —Graham Harvey, author, Animism: Respecting the Living World

“Stuckey’s book does make you look differently at the things around you, not just your dog or cat, but the trees you carelessly brush by on your way to the bus stop, or the squirrel that darts across your path. . . . That is her point—for us to finally see nature, to remember to take in that beauty as we saunter by. . . . It’s a book about hope.” —Seattle Star

“A courageous book that beautifully illustrates how personal practices that deepen our relationships with all the beings among whom we live enable us to participate in a rejuvenating conversation with an animate Earth.”—Cormac Cullinan, author, Wild Law and coauthor, “The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth”

Kissed by a Fox is an elegant and moving work of art.” —Marilyn Krysl, author, Dinner with Osama and Swear the Burning Vow

“Priscilla Stuckey explores our Western spiritual and political choices and argues for a new approach to nature, all of it. Her argument for a wider definition of justice, for a new understanding of stewardship, is compelling, and [she] has shaped it into an artful and engaging narrative. . . . I bought a copy of her book as a gift before I'd even completed this review. It's that good.” —Susan Schoch, Story Circle Network

"So okay, Kissed by a Fox, I figure cool metaphor, right? Nope. The fox was real, and so was the kiss. Reader, prepare yourself . . . I love Priscilla Stuckey’s book for its honesty, its lyrical evocations of the natural world, its wry humor, but above all for the compelling stories inside of stories inside of stories, all of which conspire to persuade us that we are critters—gloriously so, set down in a world of critters no less wondrous than ourselves, and that if we can just follow through on this understanding we stand to gain just about everything." —Carol Lee Flinders, author of Rebalancing the World

Kissed by a Fox is a work of the soul by a naturally gifted writer. Priscilla Stuckey tackles one of the most elusive subjects: the relationship of the human spirit to the rest of the natural world, and the impact on our humanity when we distance ourselves from it. This is a book of healing.” —Richard Louv, author, The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods

"Priscilla Stuckey’s treatment of the relations between religious communities and nature is the best I’ve ever read. And her beautiful writing both warms my heart and brings shivers of heartache and understanding."—Stephen Jones, coauthor of Peterson Field Guide to the North American Prairie, Colorado Nature Almanac, Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range, and Wild Boulder County.

More About the Author

Priscilla Stuckey is passionate about reconnecting people with nature. Her memoir, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature (Counterpoint Press), combines heart-opening personal stories of connecting with a tree or a bird or a cat with reflections on ecology and spirituality to celebrate a living Earth. Publisher's Weekly calls it an "entertaining and emotionally resonant book." She has taught in the graduate programs of Naropa University (Boulder, CO) and Prescott College (Prescott, AZ). Her PhD is from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (CA). She is an Earth-advocate, founding a pocket-park land trust in Oakland (CA) and now working in the worldwide movement to recognize the legal rights of nature. From her home area in Santa Fe (NM) she consults with those wishing to deepen their nature spirituality and their connection to their own truest wisdom.

Customer Reviews

This book is lyrical, personal, observant and engaging.
Marian J. Thier
The author clearly connects with nature in an intimate way and by reading her stories you will see yourself in her words.
Grace Greenwood
Like a sinfully rich dessert, I can only manage a little at a time.
Claire M. Walter

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Krysl on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have indulged by spending the whole of this day on the bed and on the couch communing with Stuckey's book. And I'm impressed by the skillful way in which she moves between the parts that are intellectual scholarship and those that are personal experience.
The weaving of the two modes is artful. I tried to imagine myself doing that dance, and I doubt that I could manage to integrate the two in the graceful and erudite way that she has done. (I am using "erudite" in the best sense of that word, meaning explaining phenomena clearly without overly emphasizing scholarship. )
Even her choosing the right quotations is artful, in that they are all clearly to the point in the place where they appear, and they say just enough to illuminate and forward the reader's own thought. It's an elegant and moving work of art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fiadhiglas on October 31, 2012
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Lyrical, full of marvels and a robust praxis. Reminded me by turns of Carol Christ's She Who Changes, Karen Barad's Meeting the Universe Halfway, Stephen Buhner's The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Val Plumwood's Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. But, ultimately, I prefer this book to all of those because of the magical stories within.
The best book I've read all year. (I've read almost 400 books in 2012.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert on September 24, 2012
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I would recommend this book it is a personal memoir and also has a very full discussion of philosophy and a history of spirituality relevant to our connection with nature. Our civilization has greatly developed "separately" from nature. This book explores our connection with the plants, animals and environment. It is a book everyone should read to help us see the connections which surround us. The book discusses the authors' loves and losses in a very human story. It is written in a almost a poetic style. This book should be on everyone's "to read" list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on October 17, 2012
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Okay. Priscilla Stuckey has pushed me out of the closet. I, too, have had profound experiences with Nature. In modern America, this is not something that you usually talk about, not just because others might think you overly hippy-dippy, but because you learn young that the telling of something big can make the experience smaller or diminish its power. Such moments are private and idiosyncratic, yet they shape your world view and your spirituality. Mine include communion with a great old oak tree when I was five. Priscilla Stuckey, in Kissed by a Fox and Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, has the anticipated experience with a fox.

Stuckey is a fine writer, and though I had been warned by the title, she managed to create a surprise for me in that moment of vulpine connection. There are other such events with nature generously offered in her memoir, perhaps the most mystical of which involves an eagle that pays her a visit, while the most familiar is surely her dog Sapphire. Stuckey takes the risk of sharing her personal profundities, and in so doing, gives us an important book that is more than feel-good stories of animal encounters, more than tales of the living land and community, which she learns to actively nurture. She offers us the conclusions drawn from those experiences, informed by her academic studies in the history of Western religion and in feminist theory as well as by her work with shamans and psychics. She wants to wake us up, to help us understand how we came to feel separate from the rest of creation.

Priscilla Stuckey is not fast reading. Just as she had to work to comprehend her life, including her relationships, her career, and the difficulties of her background, some perseverance is needed to follow her lines of thought and narrative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Berman on December 22, 2012
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This was such a satisfying read. Gentle. Informative. Evocative. Stuckey has elegantly given voice to a topic that seems difficult to articulate. The blend of narratives tells of a "lost and found" of sorts--"lost" loves, deteriorating health, despair; "found" inspiration, deeper meanings, healing through nature, new relationships, and callings. This memoir is richened and bolstered with facts about environmental history through the ages. But never preachy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marian J. Thier on September 26, 2012
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This book is lyrical, personal, observant and engaging. We're going to read it aloud to one another to get the full effect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail D. Storey on September 17, 2012
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KISSED BY A FOX: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature is the book so many of us have been waiting for, to help us comprehend our transit into a new relationship with Earth. In the new paradigm, we're moving through grief, much as Priscilla Stuckey did through chronic illness and loss of parents, marriage, and friends, over our complicity in harm to the natural world. "Raw with loss," as Stuckey says in her chapter "Wild Orphans," we too are ripe for the hope that comes through service to all the beings with whom we share our planet. Thoreau wrote "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." Stuckey shows us how to see, from the open mind and heart--birds, animals, rocks, plants. Her experience of the natural world is so direct and authentic that we can't help but feel it too. Her original thinking about nature, people, and spirit enlivens the contemporary discourse with its rigor and emotional coherence. The writing is gorgeous. I especially loved the warmth of Stuckey's relationships with animals, from Rudy the red fox with whom she shares a kiss (!) to her dog, Sapphire, and Tim's cat, Brio. Stuckey says "The future of the world, then, rests on a multitude of individual choices--those of pika and fern, human and sanderling alike." (p.302) This book, at once powerful and lovely, will help us make those choices with true intelligence and heart.
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