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A Wolf Called Romeo (Paperback)
You can spend your entire life in Alaska and never see a wolf. What can happen when you do? Nick Jans’ moving book is the story of how his life and the lives of others changed when a young wolf inched closer and closer to his neighborhood in Juneau. Over the course of six years, Romeo (as Jans nicknames him) becomes many things to the people and dogs in that community—concern, companion, curiosity—but this wild wolf remains wild. This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in wolves, or the dynamics that go along with people and wild animals increasingly sharing living space. ~ Brendie— From Brendie
"Jans is an exceptional storyteller--no nature writer can top him in terms of sheer emotional force." --New York Times
A Wolf Called Romeo is the true story of the exceptional black wolf who spent seven years interacting with the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance, and bringing the wild into sharp focus.
When Romeo first appeared, author Nick Jans and the other citizens of Juneau were wary, but as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch alongside local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun on a quiet afternoon, Nick and the rest of Juneau came to accept Romeo, and he them. Part memoir, part moving animal narrative, part foray into the mystique, lore, science, and history of the wolf, A Wolf Called Romeo is a book no animal lover should miss.
"Beautifully written, A Wolf Called Romeo is a thoughtful and moving story about one of nature's most evocative animals." --Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash
"Jans is a perfect narrator for this story. He's deeply knowledgeable about the Alaskan wilderness and he evokes its harsh beauties in powerful and poetic prose . . . A tingling reminder of the basic bond that occasionally spans the space between two species." --Christian Science Monitor
NICK JANS is an award-winning writer, photographer, and author of numerous books, including The Grizzly Maze. He is a contributing editor to Alaska magazine and has written for a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone and the Christian Science Monitor.