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Over the past twenty-five years Gary Ferguson has established himself as an expert chronicler of nature, having written for a wide variety of publications from Vanity Fair to The Los Angeles Times. He is the author of nineteen books on science and nature, including the award-winning Hawk's Rest. He is also a highly regarded keynote speaker at conservation and outdoor education gatherings around the country and is currently on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Masters of Fine Arts program at Pacific Lutheran University.


"Ever-evocative nature writer Ferguson (Shouting at the Sky) pens a memoir that doubles as an intensely personal, sweet, and melancholy love song to his lost beloved and to the wild places of America...In the background, observations of both the timelessness of nature and of the moods of a whole generation of itinerant nature lovers...give a quiet universality to Ferguson's private thoughts..." --Publisher's Weekly "Gary Ferguson writes under the influence of poetry, especially that of beat poets Kenneth Rexroth and Gary Snyder, known as the poet laureate of Deep Ecology. But Ferguson's prose is clear and engaging, and he uses it to convey his hard-earned knowledge of fear and freedom and the failings of the boomer generation." --High Country News "With the same exceptional skill and astute observations about our environmental heritage that he displayed in 22 previous nonfiction works on nature and science...Elegiac and deeply moving, Ferguson's memoir is both a heartfelt eulogy to his late, beloved wife and an introspective meditation on the healing power of nature over grief." --Booklist "Gary Ferguson has told an exquisite and heart-rending tale. It is a journey into the deepest parts of the human soul and the wildest places in wilderness. I defy any reader to finish this brilliant book with dry eyes." --Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway, Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize "The Wilderness Act turns 50 this year, making it an ideal time to reflect on the impact of nature on our lives. For nature writer Gary Ferguson, however, the subject is deeply personal. After his wife Jane died in a 2005 canoeing accident, he traveled across America to scatter her ashes in wild spaces. The resulting powerhouse of a book is not to be missed." --Backpacker Magazine "Praise Gary Ferguson, for taking us on the most intimate journey from utter loss and devastation through rebirth and all the way to wonder, for letting the wilderness that had always saved him, save him again. Praise him for this big hearted, lyrical, and loving reminder of why we went to the wilderness in the first place, of how it saved us and made us--and how it might still. If we are courageous enough to love it in all its diminishments, if we are brave enough to fight for what remains." --Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted "Here is alchemy; equal parts intellect, courage, and honesty. In The Carry Home Gary Ferguson has accomplished what only the best of us can hope to achieve in a lifetime; he has spun grief into a golden exultation of the natural world and its ability to heal our wounds." --Mark Spragg, author of Where Rivers Change Direction and An Unfinished Life "...the author twines this talent for alert, panoptical movement through spaces and places...Throughout the author emphasized and explores the couple's love of, and devotion to, the natural world...Pearly sentences slide one to another as Ferguson travels 'deeper into grief' -- but he never fully gave in to despair, and that is to readers' benefit...A sprawling, lovely, nourishing tonic for all those who dip into it." --Kirkus Hawk's Rest "A sharp and ironic sense of what it's like to live in the American outback, twenty-first-century style." --Natural History Magazine "A well-written work ... if you love Yellowstone, a great treat." --Desert News "Dazzling ... an Edward Abbey-esque book, full of snappy vignettes and chiseled writing." --San Francisco Chronicle "Ferguson evoke(s) feelings of solitude, timelessness, and aching beauty in the smallest details." --The Oregonian "Mournful and defiant as a wolf howl ... an eloquent tribute to a threatened place and its lone protectors." --Los Angeles Times Decade of the Wolf "This should be your book if you care at all about preserving wildness in the world." --William Kittredge, author of The Nature of Generosity "Respectful and intriguing, this in an indispensable historical document on the West, all the more so for the elegance of the story and the clarity of writing." --Rick Bass, author of The New Wolves and The Ninemile Wolves "Wolf biologist Smith and nature writer Ferguson (Hawks Rest) deliver a compelling inside look at the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project, covering the 10 years that have passed since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the controversial decision to reintroduce wolves into the national park. Their book is a detailed look at how the return of the wolves--once among the most numerous of North American predators--has provided scientists with a chance to witness "the dynamic forces of nature that drove this region before the coming of the Europeans" as well as to puzzle out what wolves mean to the area's ecosystem...It's a perfect balance to Hank Fischer's Wolf Wars and will please fans of that well-received overview of the controversy." --Publishers Weekly "A marvelously intimate look at the ups and downs of wolf reintroduction...this intimate history of the return of the top predator to Yellowstone will find an eager audience." --Booklist, Starred Review Select Awards and Honors High Plains Book Festival Lifetime Achievement Award University of Idaho Visiting Writer, Spring 2011 2005 Montana Book of the Year for Decade of the Wolf Mountains & Plains and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Associations Nonfiction book of the Year for Hawks Rest Lowell Thomas Award for The Sylvan Path Seigle Scholar, School of Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis, 2002 William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer, University of Montana, Spring 2007

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