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Our wild calling : how connecting with animals can transform our lives--and save theirs

by Louv, Richard,

Format: Print Book 2019
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"Richard Louv has done it again. A remarkable book that will help everyone break away from their fixed gaze at the screens that dominate our lives and remember instead that we are animals in a world of animals." --Bill McKibben, author of Falter

Richard Louv's landmark book, Last Child in the Woods , inspired an international movement to connect children and nature. Now Louv redefines the future of human-animal coexistence. Our Wild Calling explores these powerful and mysterious bonds and how they can transform our mental, physical, and spiritual lives, serve as an antidote to the growing epidemic of human loneliness, and help us tap into the empathy required to preserve life on Earth. Louv interviews researchers, theologians, wildlife experts, indigenous healers, psychologists, and others to show how people are communicating with animals in ancient and new ways; how dogs can teach children ethical behavior; how animal-assisted therapy may yet transform the mental health field; and what role the human-animal relationship plays in our spiritual health. He reports on wildlife relocation and on how the growing populations of wild species in urban areas are blurring the lines between domestic and wild animals.

Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures--not out of fear, but out of love. Transformative and inspiring, this book points us toward what we all long for in the age of technology: real connection.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As Louv (The Nature Principle, 2011) points out in this fascinating book, the distractions of modern times make it difficult to fully experience life. We live in a state of loneliness, consumed by our digital distractions, unless we connect to the other animals that share our world. As in his landmark book, The Last Child in the Woods (2008), and all that followed, Louv writes of our need for immersion in nature and of how our interactions with animals can help us to save not only ourselves, but also the planet. In lyrical, sometimes mystical prose, he challenges our assumptions about how we relate to other species. A young girl asks ""what is that guy saying?"" when she hears a bird's alarm calls as a predator approaches the nest, sounds her mother had not distinguished from the background suburban noise. The movement of coyotes, raccoons, bears, and foxes back into human-dominated areas shows the adaptiveness of earthlings both human and otherwise. Louv interviewed scientists, theologians, and indigenous healers as he explored the many levels of communication between animals and humans. The importance of time spent with other species and the mutual acknowledgement and curiosity found in a shared interspecies gaze ultimately leads to an affirming sense of recognition between two beings.--Nancy Bent Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this intriguing and poetic treatise, journalist Louv (Vitamin N) argues for a "great reset" in how humans relate to the rest of the animal kingdom. Humans may feel themselves separate from other creatures, he observes, but human history and existence have always been intertwined with them, to the extent that wild animals are now adapting to urban environments. He shares stories about unexpected cross-species interactions--there's a wonderful anecdote about an initially tense encounter between a diver and an octopus, who forge a "nonaggression pact"--and details about the varied ways animals (and even plants) have of communicating with each other--horses, he notes, have 17 facial expressions. After that, Louv turns to subjects that include therapeutic relations between humans and animals, the inability of technology to substitute for these interactions, and how to educate the next generation about having a healthier relationship to nature. Thoughtful and hopeful, Louv's work is a stirring look at "the blurred lines that have always existed between wild and domestic, human and other than human." Agent: Jim Levine, Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Human-animal relationships.
Animals -- Therapeutic use.
Human-animal communication.
Publisher Chapel Hill, North Carolina :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781616205607
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