Ruminations on the practical and existential
challenges of living an environmentally aware life
“An engaging, accessible, beautifully written celebration of our frayed relationship with the more-than-human world and the animals who are our kin . . . Julia Corbett explores the richness of nearby nature, reminding us that nurturing our bond with local landscapes is essential to the survival of the natural world and key to our own health and happiness.”
—MICHAEL P. BRANCH, author of Rants from the Hill and Raising Wild
“Out of the Woods offers a nuanced and inspiring account of what it means to lead an environmentally aware life, discovering small miracles of the natural world in unexpected places but also searching for the truth behind the greenwashing, and trying to do better . . . these scintillating essays are a tonic for confronting complacency in a time of ecological crisis.”
—JAMES BARILLA, author of My Backyard Jungle
University of Nevada Press: “In this fresh and introspective collection of essays, Julia Corbett examines nature in our lives with all of its ironies and contradictions.
Each story delves into an overlooked aspect of our relationship with nature—insects, garbage, backyards, noise, open doors, animals, and language—and how we cover our tracks. Corbett confronts the owner of a high-end market who insists on keeping his doors open in all temperatures, and takes us on a trip to a new mall with a replica of a trout stream that once flowed nearby.
By weaving personal narratives with morsels of highly digestible science and research, Out of the Woods leads to surprising insights into the products, practices, and phrases we take for granted in our everyday encounters with nature and encourages us all to consider how we might revalue or reimagine our relationships with nature in our everyday lives.”
Reading & signing, Wed. Sep 5, 7 p.m., The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
Reading & signing, Wed. Oct. 3, 7 p.m., City Arts series, Utah Humanities, downtown Salt Lake Library, UT
Reading & signing, Fri. Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Weller Book Works, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT
Reading & signing, Mon. Oct 8, 6 p.m., Park City Public Library, Park City, UT
Reading & signing, Tue. Oct 9, 7 p.m., Grand County Library, Moab, UT