Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us

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Every animal has a story.

In ZOOBURBIA, urban naturalist Tai Moses launches a lively exploration into "the extraordinary, unruly, half-wild realm where human and animal lives overlap." The author's woodsy backyard at the base of the Oakland hills becomes a laboratory for encounters with a variety of animals, from deer, raccoons and squirrels to birds, lizards and feral cats. The more Moses learns about their natural histories, the more curious she becomes about their life histories--their stories. After a failed attempt at backyard farming, Moses turns her energies to wildlife gardening in an effort to restore some of the dwindling habitat that sustains our wild neighbors. A captivating blend of memoir, natural history and storytelling, illustrated with original linoleum block prints by Dave Buchen, Zooburbia is a magnifying lens turned to our everyday environment.

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Tai Moses has been a journalist and editor for many years. She has also worked as a veterinary assistant, a barista, a hotel maid, and a wildlands firefighter. Formerly a senior editor at AlterNet.org, her writing has been widely published in the independent press. Tai lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband, her dog Arrow, and a number of cats.

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"Moses captures 'the human desire to form an emotional bond with other creatures' and its nuanced shades of both glory and misery." —Publishers Weekly

"Moses writes in an engaging style, applying self-deprecating humor, righteous anger, or even Zen philosophy as the material requires. She describes nature and animals beautifully and simply. This is the memoir of a writer who has put real thought into how she relates to the natural world, and readers will find those thoughts worth considering." —Jeff Fleischer, Foreword

"Dog and horse, deer and mole: these are the flesh-and-blood spirits who attend Moses' writing, metamorphosing her first-person essays into a radiant collective consciousness. We live in a zoo without cages. Moses' book is a keeper." —Joanna Brichetto, BookPage

One of O the Oprah Magazine's Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” for May 2014

"Warm, charming and thoughtful, Tai Moses’ Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us draws the reader into the wider world, channeling the author’s own experiences to encourage both compassion and attention to the animals who share our spaces." Animal Sheltering, The magazine of the Humane Association of the United States

Something inside Tai Moses burns a little brighter when animals are around . She shows how when we pay more attention to the furry and feathered beasts around us, we’re better off.” Mindful

"Journalist Moses shares her joy in coexisting with the wild creatures around her A light, pleasing meditation on the joy of mindfully observing nature.” Kirkus Reviews

"...Affirming essays that concern lessons on mindfulness, such as her story of a reflective ride on an Icelandic horse. Moses captures 'the human desire to form an emotional bond with other creatures' and its nuanced shades of both glory and misery." Publishers Weekly

"Moses writes in an engaging style of prose, applying self-deprecating humor, righteous anger, or even Zen philosophy as the material requires. She describes nature and animals beautifully and simply. This is the memoir of a writer who has put real thought into how she relates to the natural world, and readers will find those thoughts worth considering." Foreword

"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 Heidegger’s 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

"With moving anecdotes and incisive knowledge Tai Moses uncovers the natural world within our urban landscape. What a relief for us city dwellers, to know that wilderness is all around, resilient and beautiful, if only we would peer a little closer. While these plants and animals cannot offer flour or hold the extra house key, Moses shows us with humor and pathos that they are among the best of our neighbors. After reading Zooburbia I see my back garden anew, as not just a place for me, but a haven and a home to insects, birds, raccoons and possums. This book is a delight." Caroline Paul, Lost Cat

"Wise, witty, compelling, and true, each of these closely-observed essays is a perfect gem! Thank you, Tai Moses, for showing us the blessings our animal teachers give us in wild abundance, right in our own backyards." Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig and Journey of the Pink Dolphins

"Zooburbia has the power to quietly change the way you see the world. On every page, Tai Moses offers readers a way to reinterpret the ordinary, revealing that the world we humans have built is an even stranger place than we imagined, yet she reminds us of the beauty that lies beneath our human bumbling. This is a strange and beautiful book a book about animals that is really a book about being a person." Robert Jensen, Arguing for Our Lives

"Zooburbia is a loving encounter between an animal adventure story, a Buddhist scripture, and Winnie the Pooh that serves to remind us we are among sentient beings here on Earth." Chellis Glendinning, My Name Is Chellis and I´m in Recovery from Western Civilization

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