A Wolf Called Romeo (Hardcover)

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Follow the story of this extraordinary wolf who seems to have wanted to bond with the people of Juneau, Alaska, and their dogs for seven years. This true story moved me greatly and has opened my eyes to the plight of this very misunderstood species. You'll learn about his habits: how he lives, plays and hunts. You will read of his curiosities and his tendencies. If you love animals, or even care about them, you will be awed by Jans' honest mesmerizing narrative, in which he describes the beautiful Alaskan landscapes that Romeo inhabited.

— laurie

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The unlikely true story of a six-year friendship between a wild, oddly gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska
 
No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical species—up close as never before.

A Wolf Called Romeo is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, torn between shoot first, ask questions later instincts and curiosity. But as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. For Nick it was about trying to understand Romeo, then it was about winning his trust, and ultimately it was about watching over him, for as long as he or anyone could.

Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, A Wolf Called Romeo is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more.

 

 

About the Author


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 Rolling Stone, Backpacker, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Praise For…


An Amazon Best Book of the Month

"Insightful and philosophical, Jans probes the boundaries between wilderness and civilization and our responsibilities to the untamed creatures in our midst." -- Publishers Weekly

"The sweet and cautionary tale of a wolf that liked to play with dogs...An astute, deeply respectful encounter between man and wolf." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Jans is an exceptional storyteller — no nature writer can top him in terms of sheer emotional force — and he frames even the smallest moment with haunting power." -- The New York Times

"A thoughtful, highly detailed account of one community's poignant encounter with a truly magnificent creature." -- BookPage

"Beautifully written, A Wolf Called Romeo is a thoughtful and moving story aboutone of nature's most evocative animals. Be forewarned: I read it cover to cover in one sitting late into the night. The author owes me a good night's sleep; but it was well worth it." -- Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash

"The compelling, grounded account of a black wolf that stepped forward in the half-light between wilderness and civilization and the people who met him there. From the powerful first moments to a hard-won conclusion that becomes our journey, too, A Wolf Called Romeo is a book to keep a reader up nights, and a book that carries long after the last page is turned." -- Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing and The Possibility Dogs

"A Wolf Called Romeo is one of the best books I’ve read in a great many years. It gives heart-wrenching insight into an amazing animal, important insight into the shining side of our relationship with that animal, and important if bitter insight into the dark side. It’s told in a quiet, even-handed manner which makes it all the more compelling, and it’s riveting. In short, this is a real page turner-- one that years from now you will remember in all its detail. If you have only the time to read one book, read this one." --Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs and A Million Years With You


Product Details
ISBN: 9780547858197
ISBN-10: 0547858191
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: July 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English