New book: “Out of the Woods”

Release Date: Sept 1, 2018

Ruminations on the practical and existential
challenges of living an environmentally aware life

“This exceptional, eclectic book is the brave future of nature writing.”
—RICHARD LOUV, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods

“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

“Throughout this well-crafted, contemplative collection, Corbett writes eloquently about the environmental conundrums she faces…”
Foreword Reviews
“In Out of the WoodsJulia Corbett’s urge to escape the city to the mountains leads her to explore how “nature” is not away but rather wherever we are. . . Corbett questions distinctions of nature/culture, wild/tame, and public/private to cross their bounds. While terrains change, her focus hones in on changing our relationship with nature, to see ourselves as nature, as kin. Out of the Woods ultimately leads us not away from but into our backyards, ever attuning to “the big hum” and our collective contributions to the din, if we take the time to listen and engage with others, human and beyond.”
~ Gretchen Henderson, author of Ugliness: A Cultural History and The House Enters the Street


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, Tue. Aug 28, 6 p.m., Teton County Library, Jackson, WY

Reading & signing, Wed. Sep 5, 7 p.m., The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

Reading & signing, Thu. Sep. 13, 7 p.m., Sublette County Library, Pinedale, WY

Reading & signing, Wed. Oct. 3, 7 p.m., City Arts series, Utah Humanities, downtown Salt Lake Library, UT

Reading & signing, Thu. Oct 4, 12:30 p.m., Snow College Convocation Series, Eccles Performing Arts Bldg, Ephram, 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