“Bill Sherwonit has added a fine new volume to the literature of place, a literature that may be the most vital and venturesome of any kind being written in America today."
—Scott Russell Sanders, author of A Private History of Awe
“Like one of his winter days in Anchorage, Sherwonit’s book is bright and calm. Its gifts are a wild landscape of delight and a lesson in attentiveness.”
—Kathleen Dean Moore, author of The Pine Island Paradox
"It's not just another book depicting the breathtaking landscapes of the northern frontier nor another documentary about the wildlife in Alaska. It's a great deal more, delving into the complex relationship between nature and civilization and how we can enjoy and learn from nature almost anywhere, any time."
—G. Cornelissen-Guillaume, professor of integrative biology and physiology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
This series of essays explores the author’s relationship with the wild, both internal and external. His encounters follow along a continuum of “wildness,” from the urban wildlife near his home in Anchorage to close encounters in remote areas with wolves and bears, then plunges into the concept of the mythic “wild man.”