Earth's Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World


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Counterpoint LLC
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Kathleen Dean Moore is the author or co-editor of many books about our moral and emotional bonds to the wild, reeling world, including Wild Comfort, Moral Ground, and Great Tide Rising. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association Award and the Oregon Book Award, along with the WILLA Literary Award for her novel Piano Tide. A philosopher and activist, Moore writes from Corvallis, Oregon and Chichagof Island, Alaska.


"Kathleen Dean Moore is a celebrant of life, a philosopher in love with the world and enraged by destruction of its bounty. She brings her fierce attention and generosity of spirit to the varieties of kinship that enjoy Earth's astonishing soundtrack. Loon, wolf, meadowlark, bear, canyon wren, Beethoven, Puccini, and Leonard Bernstein all assist her in this paean and plea for awakening the moral imagination and getting real about facing up to and transforming human destructiveness." --Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit

"Passionate and poetic, Kathleen Dean Moore creates a splendid ode to the biophonies extant in a shape-shifting world." --Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places

"In this poetic tribute to the beauty of the earth and its inhabitants, Kathleen Dean Moore brings her readers in touch with the spiritual way that birds and mammals, other animals, and natural sounds demonstrate our need to preserve ecosystems. A lovely read." --Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden

Additional praise for Kathleen Dean Moore and her works:

"No one writes more eloquently about Earth, its condition and its future. No one thinks more rigorously about how we should live on this battered, beautiful planet, or how we should treat our fellow creatures." --Scott Russell Sanders, author of The Way of Imagination

"I think Kathleen Dean Moore can do anything--including write a savagely funny and deeply insightful novel of the tidepool and rainforest country she knows so well!" --Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

"One of the great novels of Alaska and its convoluted coast and history . . . a really beautiful, intense, funny and lively portrait." --Kim Stanley Robinson, author of New York 2140

"Moore writes from deep knowledge and empathy, with an open heart." --Nancy Lord, author of Fishcamp, Beluga Days, and Early Warming, and former Alaska Writer Laureate

"In this probing and lyrical book, Moore reminds readers of the interrelatedness of all living things through time, and she offers a clarion call to summon the moral courage to 'rage against the dying' of the Earth. An impassioned and well-reasoned cry for 'great rising tides of affirmation of justice and human decency and shared thriving.'" --Kirkus Reviews

"Piano Tide is a rare beauty, a novel whose deeply flawed characters are written with compassion and insight; a book vibrating with drama and lyrical prose side-by-side with hard-hitting questions that ask how earth--and all life on earth--will survive uncompromising capitalism. Moore introduces the philosophical 'Problem of Unnecessary Beauty'--why beauty in nature sometimes thrives for no apparent reason. But Piano Tide is a necessary beauty. You may read it in one sitting; but when you turn that last page, you'll want to stand up for the things we share: this Earth, this life, this wild and enduring hope." --BK Loren, author of Theft and Animal, Mineral, Radical