Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food

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From the acclaimed author of Theft: “A lyrical exploration of the timeless themes of nature, mortality, love, and family” in the American West (Kristen Iverson, author of Full Body Burden).
 
“Radical, before it meant a person who advocates strong political reform, meant getting to the root of things, the origin. It comes from the Latin radix, radicis, meaning radish, a root vegetable.” —BK Loren
 
These meditative essays range in subject from a transcendental encounter with a pack of coyotes to the irony of a neighbor’s claim that nature “has gone out of vogue”; from a mother’s slow deterioration from Parkinson’s disease to the unexpected way the Loma Prieta earthquake eroded the author’s depression by offering her a sense of her small place in our wild and worthwhile world.
 
Award-winning writer and naturalist BK Loren takes an empathetic and gentle approach to the intricacies of human relationships and the nature of consciousness. Fear of death and time, cooperation born of clashing viewpoints, the beauty of tradition even when it’s destructive, a love of language, a sense of loss amid the fast-paced materialistic world—through each of these subjects and more, Loren peels back the layers of her own life, revealing what it means to be a human being in these often inhumane times.
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BK Loren has worked as a naturalist, assistant chef, ranch hand, furniture maker, UPS driver, college professor and many other things. She attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and currently teaches writing at Chatham University’s low residency program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and other venues throughout North America. She is a winner of the Mary Roberts-Rinehart National Fellowship and also the author of the novel, Theft. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes three times. Loren lives with her partner, two dogs, and two cats in Colorado.
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Catapult
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Published on
Feb 1, 2013
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Pages
204
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ISBN
9781619022010
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Collections / Essays
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Nature / Essays
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“Ambitious and distinctive . . . taking us into the lives of two endangered species, Mexican wolves and a Southwest underclass family, equally hunted by fate” (Ivan Doig, bestselling author).
 
Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb, a confessed murderer, she knows skill alone will not sustain her. Willa is thrown back into the past, surfacing memories of a childhood full of intense love, desperate mistakes, and gentle remorse. Trekking through exquisite New Mexico and Colorado landscapes, with Zeb two steps ahead and the police two steps behind, Willa must wrangle her desire to reunite with her brother and her own guilt about their violent past.
 
In this remarkable debut, Loren’s lyrical prose gives voice to the wildlife and land surrounding these beautifully flawed characters, breathing life into the southwestern terrain. Within this treacherous and mesmerizing landscape, Theft illustrates the struggle to piece together the fragile traces of what has been left behind, allowing for new choices to take shape. This is a story about family, about loss, and about a search for answers.
 
“Theft is the best book I’ve read in as long as I can remember.” —Catherine Ryan Hyde, New York Times bestselling author
 
“Loss and love coexist in Loren’s lyrical words.” —Medium
 
“A literary narrative encompassing the bonds of family, the echo of tragedy, as well as love and acceptance, played out against a fragile yet enduring natural world.” —Kirkus Reviews
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