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Living by Water
From her saltwater home near the shores of Puget Sound, novelist and essayist Brenda Peterson explores the tidal pull of the mist-shrouded Pacific Northwest. In Living by Water, Peterson first described for readers nature's "lightning revelation...the simple rhythms of water." As she observes seals, whales, and seabirds; watches the changing tides and weather, she notes how the natural world shapes the lives and spirits of the inhabitants-animal and human-of her chosen home.

Her meditations, which range from a portrait of craggy, longtime environmentalist Joseph Meeker to a description of her love of dolphins, to a deadly comparison between Washington's Green River and South America's Amazon, all entreat the reader to recognize the need to heal the treaty broken between humans and their natural world.


Praise for Living by Water
"A new breed of essayist is a-borning in America . . . Writing about nature, they write of spirit; writing about humanity, they give voice to the animal in us all . . . Brenda Peterson exemplifies this new essayist."
--Booklist, Editor’s Choice by the American Library Association
"Evocative . . . The ruminations of a diarist of uncommon sensitivity and polish . . . Living by Water is a love song for a region."
--Seattle Times
"In these engaging and deeply felt essays . . . .[Peterson] writes of nature with an intimacy that tugs at the reader’s deep memory."
--Orion