Relations of People & PlaceBook - 2017
This book charts a different path. Exploring how people can become attuned to the wild community of life and also contribute to the well-being of the wild places in which we live, work, and play, Wildness brings together esteemed authors from a variety of landscapes, cultures, and backgrounds to share their stories about the interdependence of everyday human lifeways and wildness. As they show, far from being an all or nothing proposition, wildness exists in variations and degrees that range from cultivated soils to multigenerational forests to sunflowers pushing through cracks in a city alley. Spanning diverse geographies, these essays celebrate the continuum of wildness, revealing the many ways in which human communities can nurture, adapt to, and thrive alongside their wild nonhuman kin.
From the contoured lands of Wisconsin's Driftless region to remote Alaska, from the amazing adaptations of animals and plants living in the concrete jungle to indigenous lands and harvest ceremonies, from backyards to reclaimed urban industrial sites, from microcosms to bioregions and atmospheres, manifestations of wildness are everywhere. With this book, we gain insight into what wildness is and could be, as well as how it might be recovered in our lives--and with it, how we might unearth a more profound, wilder understanding of what it means to be human.
Wildness: Relations of People and Place is published in association with the Center for Humans and Nature, an organization that brings together some of the brightest minds to explore and promote human responsibilities to each other and the whole community of life. Visit the Center for Humans and Nature's Wildness website for upcoming events and a series of related short films.
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With all the turbulence of 2017—for better or worse—one thing remained constant: great books of all flavors. Staff from all across the library share their favorites; read on for the LPL’s best books of 2017. Meredith: This year, I fell in love with three books that explored human connection in very different ways: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, which melded historical fiction about a… (more)
(Posted On: Sep 5, 2017) I live within a mile of the Kansas River. In spite of the Bowersock Dam and other infrastructure, this is a good place to connect with wildness. Walking on the levee beside the river offers a chance to watch birds soaring and fishing—great blue herons are frequently present at the river, and in winter bald eagles too. Frequently people are making use of the water… (more)
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LPL_ShirleyB Oct 06, 2017
Deep, thoughtful explorations of human connections to the idea of wildness. Each writer shares their response to these questions:
What defines our ecology, and how are the natural and the human communities interdependent? What keeps the whole community in harmony and helps it sustain and thrive?... Read More »
LPL_ShirleyB Dec 07, 2018
Urban settings of wildness are a prominent focus of almost every essay here.
LPL_ShirleyB Sep 08, 2017
There is much to be savored here--brilliant stories, poetry and essays of social justice intersected with environmental justice. Mistinguette Smith's chapter is resonantly powerful; she links wildness with self-determination.