Listen free for 30 days
- Narrated by: Lessa Lamb
- Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
Add to Cart failed.
Add to Wish List failed.
Remove from wish list failed.
Follow podcast failed
Unfollow podcast failed
Buy Now for $31.97
We are sorry. We are not allowed to sell this product with the selected payment method
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
"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.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.
What the critics say
"An exhilarating book—intricate, thoughtful, and thick with connections." —Megha Majumdar, New York Times bestselling author of A Burning
"[A] worthy addition to the literature surrounding wolves." —Kirkus
"[A] wise and arresting debut about the wolves—real and symbolic—that haunt American life. Blending science writing with memoir and cultural criticism, Wolfish is a powerful exploration of predators and their prey delivered with an unflinching and vulnerable honesty.... a necessary environmental memoir: that which acknowledges fear in its ongoing pursuit of hope." —Vulture
What listeners say about WolfishAverage Customer Ratings
Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.
- Kaleb Kroetsch
Very fun and insightful listen
Berry does an excellent job at making listeners engaged in her stories of fear, investigating history of wolves and our human attachment to them, and the ending of the book wraps things up beautifully. Highly recommend. I listened to this on a whim and normally not a genre I am interested in but this was awesome.
- Patrick B. Gaines
A memoir beautifully woven in mythology, ecology and wonder. Brava! Looking forward to future publications! Please consider narrating your own work next time.