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About Gary Ferguson
Gary Ferguson has written for a variety of national publications, including Vanity Fair and Orion, and is the author of 27 books on nature and science. His memoir "The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness," was described by The Los Angeles Times as "gorgeous," with "beauty on every page." Ferguson's most recent book, The Eight Master Lessons of Nature," will be released October 22, 2019 from Penguin Random House.
Gary was the 2002 Seigle Scholar at Washington University, St. Louis, served as the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana, and was a Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Idaho. Growing up in the corn and rust of northern Indiana, at age 9 Ferguson announced he was moving West, to the Rockies. He lives with his wife, social psychologist Dr. Mary Clare, at the edge of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
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Looking around at the world today—a world of skyscrapers, super highways, melting ice caps, and rampant deforestation—it is easy to feel that humanity has actively severed its ties with nature. It’s no wonder that we are starving to rediscover a connection with the natural world.
With new insights into the inner workings of nature's wonders, Gary Ferguson presents a fascinating exploration into how many of the most remarkable aspects of nature are hardwired into our very DNA. What emerges is a dazzling web of connections that holds powerful clues about how to better navigate our daily lives.
Through cutting-edge data and research, drawing on science, psychology, history, and philosophy, The Eight Master Lessons of Nature will leave readers with a feeling of hope, excitement, and joy. It is a dazzling statement about the powers of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness that come from reclaiming our relationship with Mother Nature. Lessons about mystery, loss, the fine art of rising again, how animals make us smarter, and how the planet’s elders make us better at life are unforgettable and transformative.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of global climate breakdown. So how might we develop the inner resolve to confront it? Full Ecology, a collaboration between social-cultural psychologist Mary M. Clare and longtime science writer Gary Ferguson, suggests a path forward. Breaking the modern impulse to see humans as separate from nature, Clare and Ferguson encourage us to learn from the “supremely methodical and highly improvisational” natural systems that touch our lives. True change, they argue, begins with us stopping and questioning assumptions about our place in the world. From this process of reflection, they offer us an alternative blueprint for acting in ecologically healthy ways, and for inspiring others to do the same. Rather than proposing a ten-step plan to save the earth, this book encourages a more elemental rethinking of our connections to nature, and of how such connections might be strengthened for the common good. Practical and poetic, scientific and spiritual, Full Ecology presents a strong, nourishing foundation for climate action.
MARK SPRAGG, author of Where Rivers Change Direction and An Unfinished Life
"Gary Ferguson is one of the preeminent historians of the American West, and of the place and value of wilderness within that history. Hawk's Rest is an intense journal of the politics and ecology of one of America's wildest cores, in Yellowstone National Park. In many ways, this book is an important portrait of one of the foundations of our country's democracy, and of the struggles to hold on to that idea."
—RICK BASS, author of All the Land to Hold Us
"Hawks Rest is a long step toward a user's guide to wilderness, and a reverential and beautifully said hymn to the wild."
TIM CAHILL, author of Hold the Enlightenment and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh
"A lyrical and often toughminded evocation of a summer spent in the Yellowstone backcountry, a place that is, unexpectedly, full of larger-than-life characters, some of whom are admirable and some of whom are not.”
WILLIAM KITTREDGE, author of Hole in the Sky and The Nature of Generosity
"Dazzling an Edward Abbeyesque book, full of snappy vignettes and chiseled writing."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"A sharp and ironic sense of what it's like to live in the American outback, twentyfirstcentury style."
NATURAL HISTORY MAGAZINE
"A well-written work if you love Yellowstone, a great treat."
"Ferguson evoke(s) feelings of solitude, timelessness and aching beauty in the smallest details "
"Mournful and defiant as a wolf howl an eloquent tribute to a threatened place and its lone protectors."
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Hawks Rest brings the wonder, politics, and wildness of one of America’s most vast and popular national parks to readers everywhere. With a new introduction by the author, this edition offers fresh insight into the condition of parks nationwide, while reintroducing readers to Ferguson's timeless tales and unique wisdom.
Gary Ferguson is the author of twentytwo books including Through the Woods and, most recently, The Carry Home. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Montana's Beartooth Mountains, and in Portland, Oregon.
The Carry Home is both a moving celebration of the outdoor life shared between Ferguson and his wife Jane, who died tragically in a canoeing accident in northern Ontario in 2005, and a chronicle of the mending, uplifting power of nature. Confronting his unthinkable loss, Ferguson set out to fulfill Jane's final wish: the scattering of her ashes in five remote, wild locations they loved and shared. The act of the carry home allows Ferguson the opportunity to ruminate on their life together as well as explore deeply the impactful presence of nature in all of our lives.
Theirs was a love borne of wild places, and The Carry Home offers a powerful glimpse into how the natural world can be a critical prompt for moving through cycles of immeasurable grief, how bereavement can turn to wonder, and how one man rediscovered himself in the process of saying goodbye.
"By the end, you may find you’ve been seduced from the buzz and clutter of your life and won over to the certain old brand of quiet’ he set out to find.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Prose as inviting and uplifting as a walk in the woods."
These woodland interludes are quick and bright, dazzling amid the bosky gloom. Writing so powerful that it’s hard not to share the author's delight to be back in the woods."
KIRKUS (starred review)
"Ferguson writes of woods and forest with fervor and reverence. This fierce devotion first learned in childhood colors the book's beautifully written prose, resulting in a lyrical ode to the individuals Ferguson encounters as he travels along the back roads of New England and the Midwest."