Raising Wild by Michael P. Branch audiobook

Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness

By Michael P. Branch
Read by David Marantz

Blackstone Publishing 9781611803457
8.80 Hours 1
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Combining natural history, humor, and personal narrative, Raising Wild is an intimate exploration of Nevada’s Great Basin Desert, the wild and extreme land of high desert caliche and juniper, of pronghorn antelope and mountain lions, where wildfires and snowstorms threaten in equal measure. Michael Branch “earned his whiskers” in the Great Basin Desert of northwestern Nevada, in the wild and extreme landscape where he lives off the grid with his wife and two curious little girls. Shifting between pastoral passages on the beauty found in the desert and humorous tales of the humility of being a father, Raising Wild offers an intimate portrait of a landscape where mountain lions and ground squirrels can threaten in equal measure. With Branch’s distinct lyricism and wit, this exceedingly barren landscape becomes a place resonant with the rattle of snakes, the plod of pronghorn antelope, and the rustle of juniper trees, a place that is teeming with energy, surprise, and an endless web of connections. Part memoir, part homage to an environment all-to-often brushed aside as inhospitable, Raising Wild offers an intergenerational approach to nature, family, and the forgotten language of wildness.

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Summary

Summary

Combining natural history, humor, and personal narrative, Raising Wild is an intimate exploration of Nevada’s Great Basin Desert, the wild and extreme land of high desert caliche and juniper, of pronghorn antelope and mountain lions, where wildfires and snowstorms threaten in equal measure.

Michael Branch “earned his whiskers” in the Great Basin Desert of northwestern Nevada, in the wild and extreme landscape where he lives off the grid with his wife and two curious little girls. Shifting between pastoral passages on the beauty found in the desert and humorous tales of the humility of being a father, Raising Wild offers an intimate portrait of a landscape where mountain lions and ground squirrels can threaten in equal measure. With Branch’s distinct lyricism and wit, this exceedingly barren landscape becomes a place resonant with the rattle of snakes, the plod of pronghorn antelope, and the rustle of juniper trees, a place that is teeming with energy, surprise, and an endless web of connections. Part memoir, part homage to an environment all-to-often brushed aside as inhospitable, Raising Wild offers an intergenerational approach to nature, family, and the forgotten language of wildness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Raising Wild] is about our daily reality, not our fantasy possibilities…[and] is remarkably interesting, lively, non-theoretical, and hopeful…Michael Branch’s book points forward, not back.” Gary Snyder, author of Turtle Island
“In Raising Wild, [Branch] brings us an intimate look into one remarkable family’s life situated deeply in their place. Whether writing of antelope or antelope squirrels…Branch sweeps smoothly between downright mordant humor and stilling insight…His essays mean so much, I could enjoy reading them even upside down, or back to front." Robert Michael Pyle, author of Sky Time in Gray’s River
“In part a memoir of building a unique home in an extraordinary place, in part a treatise on cultivating, protecting, and loving the wild, and each other therein, Raising Wild is a wholly defiant, tender book bristling with spirit, intelligence, and mountains of laughs.” Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn

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Author Bio: Michael P. Branch

Author Bio: Michael P. Branch

Humorist and award-winning author of How to Cuss in Western, Michael P. Branch is a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches creative nonfiction, American literature, environmental studies, and film studies. He lives in the western Great Basin Desert, on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Range.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Runtime: 8.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English