Sightings: The Gray Whales' Mysterious Journey

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On a Pacific odyssey from Mexico to Alaska in pursuit of the mysterious gray whale, Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson create a vivid tapestry of poignant stories and plainspoken science. Their two voices, that of an award-winning Native American writer and an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and naturalist, interweave the diverse strands of legend and lore, science and symbolism, wonder and controversy inspired by gray whales, which migrate 10,000 miles each year and have twice been hunted to the brink of extinction. The authors also address the three-way collision between the whales and their countless champions, the curtailed but still destructive whaling industry, and the tribal whaling rights of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest who have resumed their traditional hunt. Sightings is a lyrical celebration of our eternally elusive yet irresistible kinship with the strange and surprising gray whale.
 
“Linda Hogan carries the voice of the deep past and a reexamined future. Her writing is evocative, true, and dangerous because she is not afraid to name evil and identify beauty.”—Terry Tempest Williams

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Linda Hogan is an American writer, academic, and environmentalist who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for her novel Mean Spirit. The Chickasaw Nation’s writer in residence, she has also been honored with an American Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Hogan lives in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. To learn more, visit lindahoganwriter.com.

Brenda Peterson is the bestselling author of more than 15 books, including Sightings: The Gray Whales’ Mysterious Journey, Your Life Is a Book: How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir, and Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Huffington Post, among many other publications. To learn more, visit brendapetersonbooks.com.

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The gray whale is probably the most watched of all the whales as their yearly migration along the Pacific coast brings them close to the many watchers on shore and in boats. Peterson, a nature writer, and Hogan, a Native American poet, spent seven years following the whales' migration and talking with people affected by the whales. The two voices of the authors are rendered in different type, with Hogan's more philosophical musing on the relationship between human and whale juxtaposed with Peterson's more reporterly presentation of gray whale natural history and of the people who interact with them. Starting with a visit to the calving grounds in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, the authors socialize with the whales known as "friendlies" because they choose to approach people. Other sections follow the migration, showcase differing viewpoints on the Makah tribe's renewed hunting of whales and on aboriginal whaling in general, and discuss the summer home of the gray whales in the Arctic seas, where the whales feast and grow fat for their return journey south. Nancy Bent
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