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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs

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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Algonquin Books
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Erin
Aug 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: non-fiction
This may be a good book, but I'm definitely not the right audience for it, and to be honest I only made it halfway through before giving up. This book provides a wide look at humanity's relationship with the natural world, especially in relation to our connection with animals. The author is clearly deeply concerned by the increasing separation of many people from a natural environment and from meaningful interactions with animals in daily modern life. As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors ...more
Erin
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Backing up with scientific evidence what animal lovers have always instinctively known, author Richard Louv offers an intriguing read of how humans and other animals need each other in his latest, and timely, book. The anecdotes were my favorite parts - fascinating and often touching stories of human-animal interactions, though the "scientific" reasoning was sometimes irking. (ie., that dog wasn't trying to save you from drowning by offering you a tree branch in his mouth for you to hold on to - ...more
Nathalia
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
There are some great stories in here - both from life experience and research about animals but it seemed a bit dense at times. I don't know how the author could have broken up the stories differently but it lack cohesion for me. Overall I enjoyed it.
Christie Hoffmeister
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won a copy of this book via Algonquin Books’ Goodreads Giveaway under the premise that I would write an honest review.

First off, this book has many things that I personally like in a book -science with sources listed, animals, and personal stories.

However, I have to be honest that this was a tough read for me. I feel that I had a difficult time following much of it, because it seemed to me to be organized in such away as to appear very unorganized, if that makes sense. Imagine having a conve
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Diana
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Not only did I love this book, but I think I will look back to this book and credit it with my soon-to-have infatuation with Wendell Berry.
Carol
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book took a long time to read; not that it was difficult but there was so much information to absorb and think about! I loved the stories about people "connecting" to animals even if it was a brief moment or simply a pigeon. The love of animals is such a powerful thing. I need to keep this book close to me and reread sections if I ever feel I'm losing my humanity.
Namrata
Jul 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: animals
Animals are my life. Finally found a book that I’ve been looking for!
Ryan
Sep 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Richard Louv's previous work made me quite excited to get an early review copy of Our Wild Calling. However, I was consistently disappointed throughout the book. Organizationally, as others have mentioned, it seemed very unfocused. Instead of each chapter clearly addressing a specific argument, it seemed like a collection of anecdotal ramblings about random human encounters with animals. Overall, in contrast to his previous work, I felt that this book was entirely too metaphysical. While he cert ...more
Sharon S
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novpubdate
Educational, Awe-Inspiring, Brilliant, Powerful.

In Our Wild Calling, Richard Louv transcends the surmountable importance between animals, nature, and human life. His words are breathtaking memorable, describing in each chapter real life examples pertaining to human and animal relationships. The book covers every area making the topic interesting by including a unique story behind an important point.

My favorite chapters were about intimacy, animal-assisted therapy, dreaming animals,
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Linda Bond
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In his latest homage to nature, Richard Louv urges us to learn to appreciate out relationship to the other creatures which share our planetary home with us. As someone who feeds squirrels, crows, racoons, turkeys, cats, lots of bird species and even skunks in my neighborhoodly front yard, I sincerely appreciate the value of getting to know them and taking advantage of their willingness to let me watch them at “work” and “play.” (To be fair, I have to say that they are largely fed by my husband a ...more
Kayla Schlotthauer
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up, but whatever it was, this wasn't it. While this book had some amazing anecdotes and facts through it (there was a lot of "Ooh, listen to this..." and "Whoa, did you know that...) it was a really slow read for me. A lot of non-fiction reads like a novel to me, but this was almost more like a textbook. Not bad, just not my usual style and I found myself having to reread
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Robert
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Free book giveaway.

Well worth reading if you like animals.
Kelly Knapp
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kelly by: Won as part of the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaways
This book is written to explain the need for man to reconnect with the animal world, explains how to do so, and what will happen if man doesn't.
Csimplot Simplot
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!
Annarella
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, edelweiss
An engrossing and informative books, full of fascinating stories and informations.
I loved the style of writing and how the book is organised.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC.
Kayla Mckinney
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
- with thanks to Algonquin Books and Net Galley for this ARC copy -


I've had my eye on Richard Louv's Our Wild Calling for about a year, having come across it while I was preparing a course on Human-Animal studies. Educators will be happy to get their hands on this work. Beginning with the idea that of the over 800 studies done on nature and health, few have focused on animals, Louv proceeds to guide the reader through the many ways people are combating the "cacophony and distra
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Richard Louv (born 1949) is a journalist and author of books about the connections between family, nature and community. His book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), translated into 9 languages and published in 13 countries, has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature.