By Lisa Couturier
“It’s been your time due to the fact i ended being shocked by means of nature in ny urban, that's, in the end, easily a reputation we’ve given this landscape—a label meaningless to the birds, the turtles, the river.”
As a baby in suburban Maryland, Lisa Couturier spent all her time outside, twiddling with snakes and toads and exploring each inch of what nature provided. Her mom and dad have been confident that she could head out West as an grownup, looking for wild lands and animals. in its place, Couturier moved to manhattan urban, and it used to be there that she started to see nature and all of the creatures in it with new eyes.
In The Hopes of Snakes, Couturier brings jointly the simplest of her essays on city and suburban nature in the course of the Northeast, from Washington, D.C., to Boston. She writes of the issues in nature that we quite often love, just like the strength and wonder of the Potomac River or the majesty of a peregrine falcon hovering above a skyscraper, yet she additionally celebrates the animals we both forget about or ponder pests, reminiscent of ducks, snakes, and crows. Nature is frequently invisible to humans amidst the concrete and glass of dense city existence. yet Couturier’s sharp eye and deep humanity have discovered what's so extraordinary in urban nature and illuminated it for readers like not anyone earlier than her.
The Hopes of Snakes is an eloquent and robust debut by means of the best writers exploring nature within the humanized panorama today.
"Lisa Couturier's essays shine together with her candor, her conception, and her affection for the creatures of our international, particularly with their tricky encounters on our never-ending roads and in our inhospitable cities and towns. no matter if the topic is a snake or a falcon or a crow named Edgar, those essays will either enlighten and provides a lot examining pleasure." —Mary Oliver
"Lisa Courturier has crafted a set of essays that's, readily, attractive. The Hopes of Snakes takes readers into the lives and hearts of urban creatures---those animals who persist inspite of us, and who name us again to our wild souls time and again from the dustiest of ledges, the dirtiest of cracks, the murkiest of urban waterways. With appreciate and deep sensitivity, Courturier has crafted out of her existence tales a guidebook again to these relational roots that maintain us in the course of the so much paved-over facets of human existence. I enjoyed this book---loved learning each one pigeon, each one turtle, every one falcon besides a colourful human forged of characters clever sufficient to regard those creatures as kinfolk. This publication is a keeper, a teacher." —Susan Chernak McElroy, writer of Animals as lecturers and Healers
"The Hopes of Snakes is a booklet jam-packed with rapture, secret and shock. i admire this ebook. Snakes DO have hopes, Lisa Couturier tells us, and that is simply the 1st of her revelatory observations, lots of with the intention to take your breath away as without doubt because the glimpse of an owl within the urban, or the voice of coyote within the yard. enable this lyrical, outstanding publication trap you into the city thickets and vales of foxes, vultures, coyotes, serpents and geese--and motivate you to recapture the wild center that retains us actually alive." —Sy Montgomery, writer of look for the Golden Moon undergo
“In this fabulous new ebook, Lisa Couturier deals readers a resonant and uplifting meditation upon the usual panorama. the writer and her writer are to be congratulated for generating a booklet that belongs in any library, public or inner most, that aspires to be whole near to nature writing. In her mastery of the essay as an expressive shape, and within the energy and sincerity of her considering, Lisa Couturier has tested herself because the literary equivalent of such modern luminaries as Linda Hogan, Diane Ackerman and Barbara Kingsolver.” —John A. Murray, editor of the yank Nature Writing series