Howl by Susan Imhoff Bird

“Enormously personal and perceptive…a compelling wildlife study that extends beyond familiar settings.”

Commemorating twenty years since the wolf’s return to the American West, Howl explores passions and controversies surrounding nature’s most fascinating predator. At a crossroads in her own life, Bird travels the West uncovering both a common love for the land and conflicting beliefs about wildlife among people who work with, for, or near wolves. Unleashed herself, she learns to howl.

TP ISBN: 9781937226473| E ISBN: 9781937226480 |$15.95 | 300 pp

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SUSAN IMHOFF BIRD finds inspiration in Utah’s stunning canyons, valleys and water-sculpted rock. When not writing, reading, trying to meditate, or attempting yoga asanas, she can be found on her bicycle or snowshoes, absorbing the wisdom of the natural world. And occasionally howling.

Susan Imhoff Bird on Utah Public Radio

Praise for Howl

“Bird couples an investigation of America’s complicated relationship with wolves with enormously personal and perceptive reflections on her life as wife and mother.”

Howl has all the depth, complexity, and moving power of that most haunting of sounds: the howl of a wild wolf. Bird shows us that the gap between tameness and wildness…is not so far as it might seem, and we ought to venture across to find out how wild feels. [Howl is] an education on a singular animal and an identification with a singular storyteller.”

“An accessible, quick-paced read, [Howl] extends the reader’s imagination to see wolves and many other issues in perspectives he or she might not have ever anticipated…Bird’s book demonstrates what creative nonfiction can accomplish in motivating a disconnected citizenry to rediscover and rejuvenate its relationship with nature and the non-human world.”

“Howl: of Woman and Wolf is an emotional, spiritual and educational literary journey…with fascinating information about wolves, it makes for a soulful, intriguing story.”

“…transporting the reader to her beloved high deserts and canyons with her gorgeous prose…Susan Imhoff Bird seamlessly weaves the story of the wolf with her own narrative.”

“With humor, sensitivity, and probing intelligence, Bird weaves an outer journey with inner way-finding…an inspiring book about being more than human—it’s about being alive.”
—MARY ELLEN HANNIBAL, author of The Spine of the Continent:The Race to Save America’s Last, Best Wilderness

“Wolves are tough. To coexist with them takes coming at the issue with everything we can muster and think of—Susan adds vitally to this conversation. With wit, emotion and passion, she thinks like many who have pondered the issue do not. This opens the eyes of the initiated and uninitiated. It’s well worth the time reading this preciously fresh look at an ancient conflict.”
DOUG SMITH, author of Decade of the Wolf, senior wildlife biologist, Yellowstone National Park

“A well–rounded wolf tale told by a writer who is comfortable both inside and outside her human skin. It speaks with an unsheltered heart reaching beyond loss for a wilder tether, that ancient yet enduring story of (wo)man and beast.”
DOUG PEACOCK, author of Grizzly Years

“The brave writers of natural history understand both the technical and the spiritual sides of ecology; and they don’t shy from either. Susan Imhoff Bird is one these.”
MICHAEL SOULE, editor of Conservation Biology: Research priorities for the next decade

“Bird takes you through blizzards and mountain country, with plenty of wild critters and a redneck or two. Pull on your boots, hold onto your hat, and settle in for a great read!”
DAN HAGGERTY, animal trainer and handler, actor, “Grizzly Adams”

“[A] quest to find the heart and soul of the wolf.”
RICK MCINTYRE, author of A Society of Wolves and War Against the Wolf

“Bird’s search for her own soul led her to the wolves, and literally, back to herself. This is an intimate look at that search, through an exploration of the Yellowstone packs, the history and the mythologies of the wolf, especially in the West. Evocative and compelling, and maybe ultimately, a challenge to see each other, and our world with more empathy.”
MARGARET BRENNAN NEVILLE, The King’s English Bookshop

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2 Responses to Howl by Susan Imhoff Bird

  1. Stephanie says:

    Very interesting. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Book review: ‘Howl: Of Woman and Wolf’ is a double story with depth

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