- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Counterpoint (August 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781582438122
- ISBN-13: 978-1582438122
- ASIN: 1582438129
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature Paperback – August 21, 2012
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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
"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 pointfor 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 crittersgloriously 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.
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A fine read.
The first story was worth the entire book.
The best book I've read all year. (I've read almost 400 books in 2012.)