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The Daily Coyote: Story of Love, Survival, and Trust In the Wilds of Wyoming

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,459 Ratings  ·  381 Reviews
When photographer and writer Shreve Stockton decided to move back to her beloved New York from San Francisco, she decided to take her time and make the trip on her Vespa. When she reached Wyoming, Shreve was captivated by the red dirt, the Bighorn Mountains, and the wide-open spaces. Unable to shake the spell of the "cowboy state," she soon found herself trading her New Yo ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2008)
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Apr 19, 2015 GoldGato rated it it was amazing

Great unknowns were out there to be seen, felt, experienced; this was what life meant to me, this was what life was for.

I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it. There.

Telling the story of a surviving coyote pup who is adopted by a woman looking for her own life's adventure, this is a beautifully laid-out hardback with arresting photographs (by the author) and text that involves the reader right from the get-go. How many books are there about adopting a coyote? Actually, it's more than an adopt
Dec 08, 2008 Cameron rated it really liked it
I delighted in this story of raising a coyote pup and was thoroughly envious of the wonderful photography included. Though Shreve made no bones about the challenges involved in raising little Charlie, I was immediately enamored of the idea. Having long felt an affiliation for the trickster, this story immediately appealed to me, but I was also engaged by Shreve's conversational tone, her musings, and her relations of the Wyoming life in which she found herself. Beyond the heart warming story of ...more
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Feb 10, 2009 Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jeanette by: Denise BB
The greatest thing about this book is the photos. Charlie is the star of the show, and Shreve has captured him in all of his moods and stages of development. She has a degree in photography, and the pictures are delightful.

It would be easy enough to nitpick about the flaws in this book, but I won't do it because it seems like too much of a cheap shot. The author never intended to write a book. She was approached by publishers and she gamely stepped up to the challenge, with a six-month deadline
Apr 29, 2010 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Mosspelt
Delightful book! This is a year in the life of Shreve Stockton while struggling to survive in the harsh elements of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. The timeframe is from April to April, and depicts the author's life with a coyote puppy she named Charlie: How they loved and cared for each other. How they reached an understanding; and how she stablished who was boss of the house. Shreve also found love in Wyoming--the human kind. She shares abit about her relationship and struggles with Mike and his job as a ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
I read this book and though I did enjoy the theme of the unusual human-animal relationship, I was frequently distracted by the authors overwhelming opinions on how to live life. I felt the author was extremely hypocritical throughout the book, insisting that those leaving negative comments regarding her Charlie(the coyote) had no right to judge because they didn’t know her or Charlie and there for had no basis for comment. However, she had no quams about judging Mike(her boyfriend) and pointing ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book beyond the boundaries of all reason. I think it was a case of the exact right book hitting me at the exact right time.

I picked this up from a Borders going-out-of-business sale. Those are always fun because you never know what you'll find. I'd heard about this book, but I'm not sure I would have read it if I hadn't been able to flip through it and have the photos completely suck me in.

Shreve Stockton is a professional photographer who was, at first, unfathomable to me. Mainly
May 09, 2015 Lesley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, animal
When I picked up this book I expected an interesting animal story, and instead found an absolutely engaging page-turner about a wonderful young woman's search for herself in Wyoming. I read it cover to cover in a day-- this is one of the best books I have read in years.

The story of the author's unexpected fork in the road-- the choice to allow a tiny baby coyote to be drowned or to take on its care for life-- and the path she took illuminates so many things about her, and about all of us as huma
Andy Miller
Nov 25, 2012 Andy Miller rated it it was amazing
The author, Shreve Stockton, is a young woman who was moving from San Francisco to New York and fell in love with Wyoming during that part of the trip. So she moves to a small, rural town in Wyoming and gradually integrates into the rural Wyoming life. Along the way a friend, who is a paid coyote hunter, gives her an infant coyote pup.

Stockton ends up raising the coyote and the book focuses on that but also includes her descriptions of the rural lifestyle, her teaching experience, her rancher/c
Jul 21, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
It was a wonderful story. Loved Shreve's writing style, it was done in such a way that you didn't want to put the book down. It was differcult at tines to hear how the friend of Shreve's goes out to cull Coyote on a daily basis. I know some people will be up at arms over her choice of taking in a wild animal. I think she did well in taking in Charlie. His best interest were foremost in Shreve's mind. I think Charlie needed food and shelter. He came away with those plus many other things- joy, se ...more
This was an excellent book! And yes I know I say that a lot, but this really is an excellent book. Well worth reading.... chock 'o block full of pictures, funny stories about Charlie, the coyote, and yet still reveals personal things about the author, Sherve Stockton.

This book is about Sherve Stockton, and her life from New York city to the small town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. As she adjusts to life in the far west, she meets Mike, a local small cattle rancher, who works for Wildlife services. Mi
Dec 11, 2008 Allison rated it really liked it
I admire the inner strength that she developed during the first year she had Charlie. The book has a strong structure, and I like her voice in general, even if I disagree with some of her "spiritual" ideas. However, I wish she hadn't been in the position that she had to put the book together so quickly (6 months!). The writing just didn't have the polish that makes for a truly great read (I am thinking of Ted Kerasote's "Merle's Door" as an example of great creative nonfiction).
Hopefully there w
Jan 28, 2009 Clare rated it really liked it
I am realling enjoying this book by Shreve Stockton. I think the main reason isn't really because of the coyote, but I am enjoying learning about her experience with that.

The main reason is because I can really relate to her relationship with the community and with Mike. I grew up in that environment and have family members just like Mike. I, on the other hand, am more like she is in terms of spirituality and openness to life. I recommend it!
May 28, 2016 Jen rated it it was ok
I have to agree with a previous poster's view that this book had a tone of emotional immaturity. I also found it to be incredibly self-congratulatory. The author wrote as if she could do no wrong; needed to take responsibility for nothing. In her view, she got fired from her job as a teacher simply for doing the morally right thing. Her troubles with her boyfriend were only because he hadn't dealt with his own issues. She wept over the death of a goose that had "been so evil" to her, which she s ...more
Kendra Bruce
Apr 19, 2015 Kendra Bruce rated it it was amazing
I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction books. But true stories like this one really capture my attention and my heart.

When I found out that this book was about an adopted coyote, I was very intrigued. I've always loved animals, especially canines, and after reading about this book, I knew it was something that needed to be on my immediate To Read List.

First off, the author Shreve Stockton is a fantastic writer and really motivated me to continue my own writing. The way she describes her surrounding
Melissa Harlow
Jul 10, 2012 Melissa Harlow rated it it was amazing
I am often hesitant to review books. My taste and yours may be dramatically different, and I certainly don’t feel that I am the most qualified person around to give others advice what to read, and well, truthfully, I don’t have time to read much—which means I have even less time to sit and write a review. BUT, I have wanted to write a review of this wonderful book for a very long time now.
I’ve done wildlife rehab and have lived with a raccoon in my house and my life for going on five years now,
Paul Pessolano
Jan 30, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
This was one of my "must" read books for 2009. There are several reasons why I held this book in such high regard.

1. It is a great story.
2. The pictures are absolutely incredible.
3. It is an ongoing story that the reader can participate in.

Shreve Stockton spent the early parts of her life in New York and California, but found her true love in Wyoming. She settled outside of the town of Ten Sleep which has a population of about 300. She befriended a part time rancher who kills coyotes for the gov
I bought this book for a friend's Christmas present, but since we still have not been able to visit each other it shall sit on my shelf a while longer, so, why not! (She won't mind.)

I am giving this book one whole extra star just for wish-fulfillment appreciation. I really do appreciate it. I am also recommending that everyone who lives or has lived in New York City read the first chapter or two of this book. It's not that the rest of it isn't interesting too, but I was so surprised by the setup
Nov 30, 2009 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was hanging out with the Stephen's over Thanksgiving break this book was laying around. I flipped through it, read a few pages, and ended up finishing it.

It was an interesting read. Stockton has a refreshing look at the American West (she decided to move their from the city) and she does a great job with the photographs that fill the text. I also enjoyed the in depth look at human and animal psychology (I have decided I don't want a coyote as a pet).

But the text has a somewhat juvenile an
Apr 14, 2009 Helen rated it it was ok
On a whim, after passing through Wyoming on her way home to New York, Shreve Stockton decides to pack it all in and move to this absolutely foreign place. There, she discovers a life far different from what she had previously known. She finds herself in the role of caregiver of a coyote pup, whom she names Charlie, and begins sending out daily pictures to friends and family. Those e-mails grew into and later into this book, The Daily Coyote.

While the day to day challenges of
Aug 26, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I stumbled (almost literally) on the CD at the library when it fell off the shelf I was browsing. It's a fascinating memoir! Former city girl inexplicably is drawn to Wyoming while driving cross country and ends up renting a place almost in the middle of nowhere (Ten Sleep, meaning it was "ten sleeps" from civilization). And wouldn't you know it, she falls in love with a blue-eyed cowboy type (actually, he does coyote management--meaning he kills them for a living) who brings her an orphaned bab ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Lani rated it liked it
Grabbed this from the bargain bin because I vaguely remembered the blog from several years ago. Silly me, I didn't actually flip through the book.

I assumed this would be a picture heavy book that would recap the blog posts since that's a pretty common trend. I didn't really care about Shreve's life or love or hippy thoughts about energy and life after death. I wanted cute pictures of a coyote.

I love Wyoming and did enjoy the first chapter and its descriptions of the country and the differences b
Jul 16, 2009 Jackie rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this one. I doubt that I would have made many of the same decisions that Ms. Stockton made. I could never live my life as she's lived hers. She does express some things that are worth thinking about. Ultimately, though I guess I just sort of think she's devoted more of her life to an animal than another human being; rather than choose to have both people and animals in her life, it seems to be that she's mostly eliminated the people in favor of the animals. In my mind creating ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
This book centers around the story of the author raising a baby coyote, which is an interesting tale in which she learns much about herself and how we exist in synthesis with others. However, the most compelling part of the story for me is the idea of her leaving city life and moving to a small town in Wyoming, sight unseen. Here, she adjusts to a slower rhythm, a smaller community, and a life lived closer to nature. Her philosophical and psychological reflections that stem from this transition ...more
Mar 22, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
What a story! Even better, it's true. Writer & photographer Shreve Stockton moves from NYC to a tiny town in Wyoming (pop 300) on the spur of the moment because she is blown away by the local scenery on brief trip through the area. She soon meets a man who brings her a 10 day old coyote pup whose parents he has shot while on the job killing coyotes for the state. As a result, every important aspect of her life changes--her profession, her love life, her goals. Not only does Shreve tell the s ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing
I've been following the daily coyote blog for over a year so I reserved this at the library as soon as it was in the system. I already knew much of Charlie's story but this book really filled in the gaps of the website- especially about MC and how Charlie came to Shreve.

I think the tranformation that Shreve goes through from Charlie's friend to the alpha of the household is inspirational and has implications beyond relationships with pets. It's amazing what she sacrficed and what kind of person
The author has such an interesting life. It's pretty hard to believe that anyone would just hop on their Vespa and drive across country, choose a house without seeing it, buy a truck to go back across country and retrieve their belongings, and than adopt an orphaned coyote pup. It would be gobs of fun to be Stockton's friend, as I am sure her life is never boring. The pictures are Wonderful and Charlie's story will certainly draw you in. The author makes no sweeping gestures about adopting a coy ...more
C.W. Lovatt
Apr 01, 2010 C.W. Lovatt rated it liked it
At times Stockton has a gift for the descriptive that borders on the poetic in a way that is not dissimilar to Pat Conroy. Looking at Wyoming sunrises, or Charlie's exuberant zest for life through her eyes was worth the read all on its own. However, at other times the narration breaks down with annoying repetition and confusing lines of thought, making her arguments unconvincing. Her judgement of Mike, for instance, and the trouble she deems he was having over his daughter's death told me more a ...more
Mar 30, 2009 Vickie rated it it was amazing
This book first caught my attention because it takes place in Wyoming. The author felt drawn to the land when passing through on a cross country trip. I experienced the same attraction but unlike the author I was not brave enough to move there and live with the cold, cold winters.
This is not a Disney story. Shreve Stockton writes about the how hard it can be to bring a wild animal into a domestic setting. What I really liked about the book is that along with the story of Charlie you get a litt
Jun 25, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
The beginning of the book was a little bit slow, but once Charlie came into the picture, naturally I could not put it down. :) I was intrigued by Shreve's life and her experiences with Charlie. Part of me is completely jealous of Shreve and her Wyoming life!! Reading about her daily rituals of stoking the fire in her one-room cabin, and her daily hikes with Charlie, fascinated me and made me nostalgic/dreamy. Other readers may find it a bit repetitive, but I did not. I also enjoyed Shreve's phil ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the author's blog about Charlie regularly and a friend bought me this book for Christmas. I now have a clearer view of how this relationship evolved. The most interesting bit is when the author and Charlie tussle over who is the alpha, and why. Animals are so much smarter than we ever give them credit for.

Except maybe cows and sheep--they don't inspire me with their overall intelligence.

But I digress. Stockton is a little woo-woo spiritual for me, but I love her voice and her sensibility.
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I’m 33. I live in a town of 300 people, where it’s a sixty mile trip to the nearest grocery store and not uncommon to swing by the post office or bar on horseback.

In 2005, I had plans to move from San Francisco back to New York City - plans that were derailed when I rode through Wyoming and fell in love with this place. I went on to New York, but a month later turned around, returned to Wyoming, a
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