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In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's Wildlife in America or Aldo Leopold, Brenda Peterson tells the 300-year history of wild wolves in America. It is also our own history, seen through our relationship with wolves. The earliest Americans revered them. Settlers zealously exterminated them. Now, scientists, writers, and ordinary citizens are fighting to bring them back to the wild. Peterson, an eloquent voice in the battle for twenty years, makes the powerful case that without wolves, not only will our whole ecology unravel, but we'll lose much of our national soul.

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Brenda Peterson

"When you write memoir, you discover the love of your life is - your life." Your Life is a Book

OPRAH.com selects YOUR LIFE IS A BOOK: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir for its inspiration and practical advice. http://www.oprah.com/spirit/New-Self-Help-Books-Advice-That-Works/4

Unlike other memoir books, this new writer's guide includes cutting-edge insights and advice on both indie and traditional publication, as well as time-tested writing prompts and exercises on the craft of writing memoir. An award-winning memoirist and her NYC successful literary agent team up to guide you every step of the way--from life story to publication.

"If I were going to write the story of my life, this is the book I'd look to first and last for encouragement, inspiration, and practical advice."

--Nancy Pearl, author of bestselling Book Lust series

LIBRARY JOURAL review: September 1, 2014

Peterson, Brenda & Sarah Jane Freymann. ?Your Life Is a Book: How To Craft & Publish Your Memoir. Sasquatch. Oct. 2014. 256p. notes. ISBN 9781570619304. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781570619311. COMM

Peterson (I Want To Be Left Behind) and Freymann (founder, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency) bring decades of experience to bear on the subject of writing and publishing a memoir. Affable, confident, and candid, the authors teach that the process, when done right, can be a journey of personal growth, illustrating their points with poignant examples and metaphors. Part 1, "Crafting Your Memoir," introduces the genre and covers an array of topics: death, abuse, family secrets, food, travel, spirituality, animals, and more. The advice on what does and doesn't work with each topic is razor sharp and is the overall strength of the book. Battle-tested tips, exercises, and prompts close most chapters, providing writers an opportunity to practice and apply their craft. The second half, "Getting Serious About Publishing," offers insightful perspectives on blogging, agents, editors, handling rejection, indie publishing, and more. Discussions of factuality, point of view, drafting, and scenes are excellent but could be expanded. ­VERDICT This is a reassuring introduction to how writers should approach their first memoir and an honest discussion of what it will take to publish one.--Paul Stenis, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA

"YOUR LIFE IS A BOOK is like having a personal writing mentor and practical literary agent guide you every step of the way in telling your life story. Inspiring, instructive, and most of all, inviting, Peterson and Freymann share their own successful writing and publishing experiences with warmth and wit. I wish I'd had this book when I was writing my memoir!"
--Sy Montgomery, author of bestselling memoir, THE GOOD, GOOD PIG

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