Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell about Fear

Erica Berry


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Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell about Fear by Berry, Erica
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For fans of Helen MacDonald's H is for Hawk and Mary Roach, Erica Berry's WOLFISH blends science, history, and cultural criticism in a years-long journey to understand our myths about wolves, and track one legendary wolf, OR-7, from the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon

A Most Anticipated Book of 2023: TIME, Los Angeles Times, Vulture, Salon, Bustle, Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, Financial Times, Reader's Digest, LitHub, Book Riot, Debutiful, and more!

"Wolfish starts with a single wolf and spirals through nuanced investigations of fear, gender, violence, and story. A GORGEOUS achievement." --Blair Braverman, author of Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

"This is one of those stories that begins with a female body. Hers was crumpled, roadside, in the ash-colored slush between asphalt and snowbank."

So begins Erica Berry's kaleidoscopic exploration of wolves, both real and symbolic. At the center of this lyrical inquiry is the legendary OR-7, who roams away from his familial pack in northeastern Oregon. While charting OR-7's record-breaking journey out of the Wallowa Mountains, Erica simultaneously details her own coming-of-age as she moves away from home and wrestles with inherited beliefs about fear, danger, femininity, and the body.

As Erica chronicles her own migration--from crying wolf as a child on her grandfather's sheep farm to accidentally eating mandrake in Sicily--she searches for new expressions for how to be a brave woman, human, and animal in our warming world. What do stories so long told about wolves tell us about our relationship to fear? How can our society peel back the layers of what scares us? By strategically unspooling the strands of our cultural constructions of predator and prey, and what it means to navigate a world in which we can be both, Erica bridges the gap between human fear and grief through the lens of a wrongfully misunderstood species.

Wolfish is for anybody trying to navigate a world that is often scary. A powerful, timeless, and necessary book for our current and future generations.

Publisher: Flatiron Books
Published: 02/21/2023
Pages: 432
Weight: 1.4lbs
Size: 9.40h x 6.30w x 1.60d
ISBN: 9781250821621

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2023
Booklist 01/01/2023 pg. 10
Library Journal 02/01/2023 pg. 95

About the Author
Erica Berry is a writer based in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Her essays can be found in print and online with The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, The Yale Review, Outside Magazine, Catapult, The Atlantic, Guernica, and others. Winner of the Steinberg Essay Prize and the Kurt Brown Prize in Nonfiction, she is the recipient of fellowships and funding from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Tin House, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. Her work has been supported through residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Monson Arts, the Marble House Project, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. The 2019-2020 Writer-in-Residence and Teaching Fellow with the National Writers Series in Traverse City, Michigan, she is currently a Writer-in-the-Schools with Literary Arts in Portland, and has taught writing classes with the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the New York Times Student Journeys, Craigardan Residency and Education Center, and the Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School in Sicily. Wolfish is her first book