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Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas by [Saulitis, Eva]
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"Beginning in the halcyon years before the Exxon Valdez oil spill and continuing to this day, Saulitis has tracked individually known orcas to the brink of their population's extinction. "Into Great Silence" is at once a love song to a wild place, an elegy, an inquiry into purpose and change, and a call to bring all our senses and ways of knowing to understanding and protecting our fragile world."
--Pushcart Prize-winning author Nancy Lord
"A vivid, moving depiction of a way of life tragically becoming increasingly endangered."
--Kirkus Reviews
"There's great tenderness in this book, and great pathos--sometimes one wonders if it's worth the pain to pay attention amidst the gathering storm, but this powerful account shows us that it's precisely by keeping track of the world around us that we stay human."
--Bill McKibben, author of "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet"
"Through Saulitis's growing understanding of biology, and through her heart, we soon find ourselves immersed in the fate of the third culture -- Prince William Sound's intensely social, long-lived, black-and-white whales with brains considerably larger than ours. Fascinating suddenly becomes too cramped a word for either orcas or this book of self-discovery."
--Douglas Chadwick, author of "The Grandest of Lives: Eye to Eye with Whales"
"[A] sensitively written memoir...Readers who enjoyed Alexandra Morton's "Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us "will be fascinated by Saulitis' account of her often remove, cold, and wet life as a field biologist and her respect for the whales and the people who lived around her."
--"Library Journal "
"Saulitis' stunning and sorrowful "book of contemplation" elucidates the discipline, tedium, danger, and bliss of whale studies; the solace she finds in art; and her intense relationships with her fellow orcaexperts. Candid, transfixing, and cautionary, Saulitis celebrates and mourns for a wondrous and imperiled species."
"The book is a must read--at once a visceral reminder of the fragility of our ancient planet, a requiem for its rapidly diminishing nature and a call to arms."
--"American Scientist"

"From the Hardcover edition."

About the Author

Eva Saulitis has studied whales in Prince William Sound, the Kenai Fjords, and Alaska's Aleutian Islands for the past twenty-four years. In addition to her scientific publications, her essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in numerous national journals, including "Orion, Crazyhorse," and "Prairie Schooner." The author of the essay collection "Leaving Resurrection" and the poetry collection "Many Ways to Say It," she teaches at Kenai Peninsula College, in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Alaska, and at the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. She lives in Homer, Alaska.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1507 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 080701446X
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (15 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A very well written book and as someone who also studies marine animals I found the day to day routine interesting and frustrating and enjoyable. Having had similar personal experiences to Eva in health and politics I completely sympathised with her. This will go down as an iconic book to be read not just by animal enthusiasts but also those who enjoy a good read
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Fabulous memoirs .. wonderful writer!
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