After the success of Living by Water, novelist and nature writer Brenda Peterson turns her eye on the nature in human nature. Her focus in mainly the feminine body — of earth and women, of animals, human and nonhuman. Whether writing about whales or women’s bathing rituals, salmon or friendship, rain forests or life-saving dreams, Peterson weaves a compelling story of the bond between nature and ourselves.
This rich, expanded collection was first hailed by critics as "lyrical and life-enhancing…with large doses of wonder, humor, and warmth." The new essays include a moving appeal to seek compassion in healing our sexual lives during this time of AIDS. There are also chronicles of the birth, death, and afterlife of a baby beluga whale, and of the seagull’s memory for human faces. Peterson’s passionately observed subjects range from lullabies to abortion, dolphins to old-growth forests, fundamentalism to fishing.
Combining her skills as a mesmerizing storyteller and nationally acclaimed nature writer, Peterson explores the healing, vital symbiosis between the sacred, sensual body of our earth and the feminine — and intimacy which instructs and inspires, but most of all sustains us.
Brenda Peterson is a Seattle-based novelist, nature writer, and conservationist. She is the author of novels Animal Heart, River of Light, Becoming the Enemy, and a memoir, I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth. Her nonfiction titles include Living by Water and Sightings: The Gray Whale’s… More about Brenda Peterson
Paperback | $15.00
Published by Ballantine Books Sep 11, 1995| 192 Pages| 5-1/2 x 8-1/2| ISBN 9780449909676