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Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild Paperback – January 6, 2004
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“Delightful…fun to read. The seamless way Askins weaves the natural world into her narrative brings to mind Terry Tempest Williams’s memoir Refuge.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Demonstrates the kind of deep natural wisdom and sense of awe at the wild that has distinguished writers like Edwin Muir, Annie Dillard, and Aldo Leopold….Wonderfully poignant.”—BookPage
“Renée Askins is a modern-day hero, a woman of tremendous courage and creativity. . . . Never have we needed these words more. This book is a quiet revolution.” –Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge and Leap
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In 1980, Askins was a college student working at a wolf research facility in Indiana. She had a wolf pup thrust upon her to raise, and although she had plenty of experience with wild and domestic animals before, this was "the first time I truly began to face and fathom the capacity of another species." When the pup was taken from her, she was heartbroken. She sobbed, and (this is something she does quite a bit throughout the book), she howled. And she was answered by the pack, which "one by one, called out in the long, graceful wail that is the code of their species. Their own had been taken. I had no doubt they knew." (Also throughout the book is this sort of mystical anthropomorphic speculation, which may put some readers off, but which has served the author well.) In 1986, she founded the Wolf Fund. Returning wolves to Yellowstone was its one and only purpose.Read more ›
The text flows beautifully, written in a style the young adult-adult population (Kids just won't understand it) will appreciate, understand, and relate to. The book is not so much about wolves but about nature itself.
Now, you're probably wondering when I'm going to say what I mean by calling this review 'This book will change your life.' We'll, you're about to find out.
The book is so much about our connection with the wild, and about life, that I cannot imagine someone reading it and walking away the same person. It will change your view on the wilderness, true wildness, fulfilling dreams, and life itself.
This wonderful woman, Renee Askins, says she once wondered if the wolf recovery program would take a year. As it turns out, it took fourteen years.
It was worth it to the very end.
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I'm a great advocate of wolves and their return. I salute the author for her tremendous work!Published 1 day ago by Jenny Evans
Interesting subject, but way too much philosophy and not nearly enough wolves. Would have skipped this book if I realized the content.Published 4 months ago by Cheryl S
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read! Now only is it about Renee's years long effort to restore wolves to the Yellowstone area, but it also contains her... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary Karen Brown
This book is very well-written by an author who is clearly passionate about wolves and other canines. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Liz Roman
I loved this book by the end. It's well written, thought-provoking, interesting, and meaningful. I appreciated the author sharing a glimpse of her personal life, thoughts,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hallo12345
Great biography of Renee Askins and the birth of the Wolf Fund. I enjoyed her insights and wording throughout the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by N. Stine
Shadow Mountain is Poetry - a love story, a quest. Sadly, the wolves are now back on the "hit list". Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karyn Errington