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The Urban Bestiary is a 2014 Orion Book Award finalist!

April 23, 2014

Lyanda Lynn Haupt's The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little, Brown, 2013) is a nonfiction finalist for the 2014 Orion Book Award!

Winners will be announced in May.

"The challenge of our time is the movement from rural villages to big cities where nature seems gone. Haupt's brilliant book restores nature in our lives and uplifts that relationship with stories full of wonder, awe and love." -David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature

Posted by waleslit on April 23, 2014  |  Permalink

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Outstanding Boston Globe Review of Lyanda Lynn Haupt's Latest

October 2, 2013

The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown, 2013) scored a great review from the Boston Globe. Here is a snippet from the full review:


The book is an eloquent natural history of urban wildlife, and an insightful rumination on how the human animal has/should/might relate to what Haupt calls the “new nature.” “[T]he romantic vision of nature as separate from human activity,” she writes, “must be replaced by the realistic sense that all of nature, no matter how remote, is affected by what we do and how we live.”

While this perspective is a recent shift in nature writing, it is not new. Many writers (David Gessner, Bill McKibben, Sandra Steingraber, etc.) and many journals (Orion, Environment, High Country News, etc.) have been defining this new nature for at least a decade. And Haupt makes a significant contribution to that conversation.

Rather than attempting to discover pockets of “pure” wilderness in remote locales, she instead recovers the wilderness in her own backyard. This is evident in the species of mammals that she writes about: raccoons, moles, squirrels, rats, opossums, and coyotes. The birds are equally ordinary: starlings, sparrows, pigeons, hawks, owls, crows, and the species that she raises — chickens.

Self-described as an “urban naturalist,” Haupt shares her observations from her Seattle home in a personal and engaging voice that moves seamlessly between backyard anecdotes and analysis of their ecological implications.




Posted by waleslit on October 2, 2013  |  Permalink

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Fantastic Starred PW review for Lyanda Lynn Haupt's The Urban Bestiary

September 17, 2013

Lyanda Lynn Haupt's just-published The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little, Brown) grabbed a great starred review from this week's Publishers Weekly:

In this sparkling follow-up to Crow Planet, Haupt returns to the urban wilds, this time familiarizing the reader with the wildlife ecology within their own backyards. From the ubiquitous squirrel, to the seldom seen coyote, or the subterranean mole, Haupt seeks to demystify the lives of the animals that commonly surround us, even in the most urban and seemingly unnatural settings... Packed with information yet conversation in style, this nature memoir invites backyard birdwatchers and amateur naturalists to take a moment to be still, observant, and to discover that the wild world really does extend into our own lives, and even still today, we are too a part of that wild.

Posted by waleslit on September 17, 2013  |  Permalink

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Lyanda Lynn Haupt's Latest on the Amazon Books Best Books of September 2013 List

September 4, 2013

The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown, September 17, 2013) is one of Amazon Books' Best Nonfiction Books of September 2013. Congratulations, Lyanda!

Posted by waleslit on September 4, 2013  |  Permalink

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