Synopses & Reviews
To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer Tai Moses in Zooburbia
. Urban and suburban residents share our environments with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and increasingly lizards, deer, and coyote. Many of us crave more contact with wild creatures, and recognize the small and large ways animals enrich our lives, yet don't notice the animals already around us.
Zooburbia reveals the reverence that can be felt in the presence of animals and shows how that reverence connects us to a deeper, better part of ourselves. A lively blend of memoir, natural history, and mindfulness practices, Zooburbia makes the case for being mindful and compassionate stewards and students of the wildlife with whom we coexist. With lessons on industriousness, perseverance, presence, exuberance, gratitude, aging, how to let go, and much more, Tai's vignettes share the happy fact that none of us is alone our teachers are right in front of us. We need only go outdoors to find a rapport with the animal kingdom. Zooburbia is a magnifying lens turned to our everyday environment.
"Meet your neighbors! Zooburbia serves as a fine introduction to some of the most interesting creatures you're likely to encounter." Bill McKibben, Eaarth and The End of Nature
I would buy this lovely book for the sentiments, for the illustrations, and for this sentence alone: The mole is the most misunderstood of animals. Living alone in the gloom of darkness, unsociable and virtually sightless, the mole never gets a chance to set the record straight.'” Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love
"In Zooburbia, Tai Moses writes with great power and imagination about an urban wildlife corridor where humans and animals overlap. This is a poetics of suburbia of animals flying above us, sharing our houses, gardens and streets. Zooburbia will delight readers who love language and stay with them long after they've finished reading. There is something contagious about Moses's joy and the mindful attention she brings to her encounters with animals. Zooburbia shows us that what we consider ordinary is actually an enchanted kingdom." Thaisa Frank, Enchantment and Heideggers Glasses
"While Zooburbia shares an extraordinary glimpse into the natural world, it even more brilliantly gives you insight into the human condition, and through the eyes, mind, and heart of one of the most thoughtful, passionate, and perceptive humans you will ever encounter." Thom Hartmann, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
About the Author
Tai Moses has been a journalist and editor for many years. She's also worked as a veterinary assistant, a barista, a hotel maid, a salmon canner, and a wildland firefighter. Formerly a senior editor at AlterNet.org, her writing has been widely published in the independent press. Tai lives in Oakland, CA, with her husband, her dog Arrow, and a number of cats.