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of Woman and Wolf

by Susan Imhoff Bird

October 2015 | Nonfiction | 978-1-937226-47-3 | 300 pp | $15.95 

SUSAN IMHOFF BIRD finds inspiration in Utah’s stunning canyons, valleys and water-sculpted rock. Traveling in Asia, South America and Europe has exposed her to varied cultures and societies, resulting in an award-winning short story, a book about humanitarian work in Nepal, and Faith Greater Than Pain, a story of tenacity and determination in the pioneers who walked to Zion.  A mom of three and owner of a gratitude-based business, she is fascinated by human interactions. When not writing, reading, trying to meditate, or attempting yoga asanas, she can be found on her bicycle or snowshoes, absorbing the wisdom of the natural world. And occasionally howling.   


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Commemorating twenty years since the wolf’s return to the American West, Howl explores passions and controversies surrounding nature’s most fascinating predator. At a crossroads in her own life, Bird travels the West uncovering both a common love for the land and conflicting beliefs about wildlife among people who work with, for, or near wolves. Unleashed herself, she learns to howl.


“Enormously personal and perceptive…a compelling wildlife study that extends beyond familiar settings. Bird couples an investigation of America’s complicated relationship with wolves with enormously personal and perceptive reflections on her life as wife and mother.”

Howl has all the depth, complexity, and moving power of that most haunting of sounds: the howl of a wild wolf. Bird shows us that the gap between tameness and wildness…is not so far as it might seem, and we ought to venture across to find out how wild feels. [Howl is] an education on a singular animal and an identification with a singular storyteller.”

“An accessible, quick-paced read, [Howl] extends the reader’s imagination to see wolves and many other issues in perspectives he or she might not have ever anticipated…Bird’s book demonstrates what creative nonfiction can accomplish in motivating a disconnected citizenry to rediscover and rejuvenate its relationship with nature and the non-human world.”

Howl: of Woman and Wolf is an emotional, spiritual and educational literary journey…with fascinating information about wolves, it makes for a soulful, intriguing story.”

“With humor, sensitivity, and probing intelligence, Bird weaves an outer journey with inner way-finding…an inspiring book about being more than human—it’s about being alive.”
—MARY ELLEN HANNIBAL, author of The Spine of the Continent: The Race to Save America’s Last, Best Wilderness

“A well–rounded wolf tale told by a writer who is comfortable both inside and outside her human skin. It speaks with an unsheltered heart reaching beyond loss for a wilder tether, that ancient yet enduring story of (wo)man and beast.”
DOUG PEACOCK, author of Grizzly Years

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