Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.7 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
Tiya Miles is the Michael Garvey Professor of History at Harvard University, a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, and the author of five prize-winning works, including the National Book Award-winning, best-selling All That She Carried. Miles was the founder and director of ECO Girls, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
With delights and surprises at every turn, Wild Girls has given me a new pantheon of heroes to admire and emulate.--Elizabeth A. Fenn, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World
A moving meditation on race, history, and possibility; an enticing invitation to seek renewal in green spaces; a rousing exhortation to women and girls to claim freedom in the wild. Tiya Miles offers us a rhapsodic account of nature as a respite from, and remedy for, the failings of society and culture.--Nicole Eustace, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Covered with Night
Wild Girls invites readers on a crucial journey of insight and humanity, reminding us how each life--whether enslaved or dispossessed, marginalized or privileged--takes place on this Earth. This reckoning with their pasts illuminates possibilities for our future.--Lauret Savoy, author of Trace
Through incredible storytelling and study, Tiya Miles uncovers how girls and women learned new skills and, ultimately, empowerment and peace through their experiences in the natural world.--Brenda J. Child, author of My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks
A lovingly rendered and rigorously researched book... These stories are a call to action, a reminder that if we lose our way, Nature is a bridge. I, for one, am rejuvenated. What a gift.--Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces
A sensitive examination of the lives of women--primarily Black and Native American--for whom the natural world served as an 'imagination station and training ground'...a fresh, graceful contribution to women's history.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Evocative and unique . . . an inventive take on what inspired people to challenge norms and agitate for change.-- "Publishers Weekly"
The personal stories range from intriguing to downright inspiring--the Native American players of the Fort Shaw basketball team deserve a movie!--but it is the author's insatiable curiosity and obvious affection for her subjects that will most captivate readers. So many fascinating women of different races are included in this little book. It's a true treasure! This gem is an obvious choice for teens.-- "Booklist"
Thoroughly absorbing . . . A beautiful synthesis of diverse women's experiences, combining history with memoir and a call to action, this brisk, elegant study. . . reframes hard-fought battles for women's equality through the lens of empowerment provided by the natural world. It begs us to acknowledge the primacy of the earth not only in historical lives but in our own as well.-- "New York Times"