- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1468312472
- ISBN-13: 978-1468312478
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Environmentalist Leslie T. Sharpe writes . . . with imagery and deep connection to the delicate ecosystem [of the Catskills].”
- USA Today
“An intimate portrait . . . Sharpe's prose is firmly rooted in the rhythms of this particular place. Although her book is ostensibly about the animals with which she shares her patch of forest―the quarry fox of the title, for example―Sharpe is at her best when she's writing about the subtle changes in season visible only to those who have practiced years of close observation. . . . The Quarry Fox also enlivens the landscape, imbuing the humble hills and streams of Sharpe's backyard with wonder and awe.”
- Adam Federman, Sierra Magazine
“Pleasure derived from nature―and how pleasure can prompt stewardship―permeates The Quarry Fox. . . . Sharpe's passion is heartwarming, but more importantly, it engenders a deep sense of regard for the future of these creatures and the often precarious wilderness they inhabit. What earns this book its place alongside those of John Burroughs, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, and Annie Dillard are Sharpe's elegant meditations on the interconnectedness of humans and the natural world.”
- Daniela Petrova, Guernica
“To enter Leslie T. Sharpe’s narrative world is to consent to view the Catskills ecosystem through a lens of wonder and attention to modest detail . . . Considering herself a steward of the land and its fellow inhabitants, she invites readers to share in her intimate wonder . . . Sharpe demonstrates an impressive capacity to transmit her visceral awe to the reader. Her subjects are varied, but all inspire lyrical language. Illustrations of various 'critters' delight the eye throughout the text, and scientific and historical tidbits are sprinkled throughout. Sharpe deftly weaves biological knowledge into her sensory impressions, inviting the audience to discover along with her . . . Those without prior knowledge of the region will learn much; those who are more familiar may enjoy the recognition Sharpe’s prose inspires, how a vignette might trigger their own fond memories.”
- Rachel Sona Reed, The Literary Review
“The best nature writers enrich their personal wildlife encounters with elements of natural history, biology, and ecology as well as bits of folk wisdom to offer a philosophical perspective on the wonders of the natural world. Writer, editor, and lifelong naturalist Sharpe (Editing Fact and Fiction) accomplishes this feat beautifully in her lyrical celebration of the fauna living near her cabin in the western Catskills. This engaging portrait of the Catskill wilderness will appeal to nature enthusiasts of all stripes.”
- Library Journal - starred review
“You don't have to go to the beach to relish our next pick. In fact, you might even enjoy it more if you go to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York . . . In stunning prose, Sharpe illumines the lives of the creatures who inhabit the Catskills, spinning a tale of the web of life and our relationship to it. It's a treat not to be missed.”
- Francesca Rheannon, Summer Reading Pick on Writer's Voice, nationally-syndicated radio show and podcast
“Lovely . . . if you need a break like I do from politics occasionally, take my advice. Open up this book and reconnect to what really matters.”
- Susan Arbetter, WCNY Capitol Pressroom
“I adore this book, and I adore [Leslie Sharpe's] work.”
- Joe Donahue, WAMC Northeast Public Radio
“The Quarry Fox is an amazing work, as much a clarion call announcing a quietly strong new voice in nonfiction writing and reflection as a key work about this unique region. Sharpe is a methodical observer, a careful walker of woods, a strong memoirist of all she encounters. Moreover, she is a keen analyst of the world around her, mixing a steady, patient eye for how things are with both a scientist’s love for solid research and a theologian, or maybe an alchemist’s way of getting at often unseen truths. . . . Stories unfold the way a forest does when walking through it . . . A gentle, thoughtful book . . . as radiant as a wild forest.”
- Paul Smart, The Woodstock Times
“Close natural descriptions by a well-educated ex-city person . . . Author Leslie T. Sharpe is a poster person for reclaiming nature for nature's sake.”
- Geddy Sveikauskas, Hudson Valley One
About the Author
Leslie T. Sharpe is the former Vice President of the New York City Audubon Society, an environmentalist, and a lifelong naturalist living on Lazy Hawk Mountain in the Great Western Catskills. She has taught writing and editing at Columbia University, New York University and the City College of New York and her book Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing is still a staple text for writing students.
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“My discovery of the ‘sand crab,’ a tiny crustacean that makes its living at the sea’s edge, where waves crash against the shore . . . was my first intimation that the world was both larger and smaller than I knew . . . a world that held as many secrets as it did surprising and secretive
critters . . ..”
In "The Quarry Fox, and Other Critters of the Western Catskills," author Ms. Sharpe shares the myriad secrets she has learned about critters of all kinds that dominate the region she now calls home. In lyrical and poetic prose, she describes the history and lore of this fascinating area, and transports readers to its midst.
In addition to her scientific observations of the place and its creatures, Ms. Sharpe reveals great depth of feeling about them. Only someone who is fully alive, intensely curious, and enormously gifted as a writer could create a work as captivating and poignant as this remarkable new book. Highly recommended.