Into Great Silence

Paperback $18.00

Beacon Press | Feb 25, 2014 | 268 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807014462

  • Paperback$18.00

    Beacon Press | Feb 25, 2014 | 268 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807014462

  • Hardcover$26.95

    Beacon Press | Jan 15, 2013 | 272 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807014356

  • Ebook$26.95

    Beacon Press | Jan 15, 2013 | ISBN 9780807014363

Praise

“Beginning in the halcyon years before the Exxon Valdez oil spill and continuing to this day, Saulitis has tracked individually known orcas to the brink of their population’s extinction. Into Great Silence is at once a love song to a wild place, an elegy, an inquiry into purpose and change, and a call to bring all our senses and ways of knowing to understanding and protecting our fragile world.”
—Pushcart Prize-winning author Nancy Lord

“A vivid, moving depiction of a way of life tragically becoming increasingly endangered.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“There’s great tenderness in this book, and great pathos–sometimes one wonders if it’s worth the pain to pay attention amidst the gathering storm, but this powerful account shows us that it’s precisely by keeping track of the world around us that we stay human.” 
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making  a Life on a Tough New Planet

“Through Saulitis’s growing understanding of biology, and through her heart, we soon find ourselves immersed in the fate of the third culture – Prince William Sound’s  intensely social, long-lived, black-and-white whales with brains considerably larger than ours. Fascinating suddenly becomes too cramped a word for either orcas or this book of self-discovery.”
—Douglas Chadwick, author of The Grandest of Lives: Eye to Eye with Whales 

“[A] sensitively written  memoir…Readers who enjoyed Alexandra Morton’s Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us will be fascinated by Saulitis’ account of her often remove, cold, and wet life as a field biologist and her respect for the whales and the people who lived around her.”
Library Journal

“Saulitis’ stunning and sorrowful “book of contemplation” elucidates the discipline, tedium, danger,and bliss of whale studies; the solace she finds in art; and her intense relationships with her fellow orcaexperts. Candid, transfixing, and cautionary, Saulitis celebrates and mourns for a wondrous and imperiled species.”
Booklist

“The book is a must read—at once a visceral reminder of the fragility of our ancient planet, a requiem for its rapidly diminishing nature and a call to arms.”
American Scientist 


From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

A NOTE ABOUT NAMES
PROLOGUE:  THE LAST ONE
                                                                                   
PART 1:  PLACE OF FIRST PERMISSION
   1. BY BEAVER, BY BEAR
   2. LUCKY STAR
   3. WHALE CAMP
   4. FIRST ENCOUNTER
   5. CUT LOOSE
   6. INTO THE LABYRINTH
   7. MEMORIZE THESE THINGS
   8. THE SURVIVAL VALUE OF EXUBERANCE
   9. BOYS IN BLUEBERRY SEASON
10. NO PASSAGE OUT
11. VEGANS AND CARNIVORES
                                                     
PART 2:  SEASON OF DEAD WATER
  1. REFUGIA
   2. WHEN IT HAPPENS
   3. WHERE THE WHALES ARE
   4.  PART OF THE DARKNESS
   5. INTO THE ICE, INTO THE OIL
   6. GROUNDINGS
   7. BEAST AND BEAUTY
   8. SCIENTIFIC MAGIC
   9. THE WHALE CALLED EYAK
10.  ON BEGIN HUSHED AND SILENT
11. TALLYING ICEBERGS
12. WILD HORSES, GREEN SKIES
13. MERCIFULLY UNTRANSLATABLE                                                                                                                              
PART 3:  SURVIVORS
   1. A HUMAN SILENCE
   2. IN NAMED AND UNNAMED COVES
   3. THE SMALLEST ISLAND
   4. IT BARELY MAKES A SOUND
   5. BREATHING IN NEVER-NIGHT
   6. TRANSIENTS OUTSIDE THE BOX
   7. UNCOMMON LANGUAGE
8. THE POETRY OF PREDATION
9. NINE SILENCES                                                                                                                                                                   
PART 4:  INTO GREAT SILENCE
 
1.      HUNGER
2.      MORE THAN WE UNDERSTAND
3.      WHAT THE NUMBERS SAY
4.      WHAT THE SILENCE SAYS
5.      SPACES BETWEEN FACTS
6.      SILENCE AS SURVIVAL
7.      THE STORY INSIDE THE FLESH
8.      SNIPPETS AND TRANSPARENCIES
9.      THE OTHER WORLD
10. WHERE THE SEALS ARE
11. BOOK OF CHANGES
12. LAMENT FOR EYAK
13. IN A LANGUAGE LOST TO US, EYAK IS SINGING
14. THE SPIRIT LINE
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


From the eBook edition.

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