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Nature and Other Mothers
After the success of Living by Water, novelist and nature writer Brenda Peterson turns her eye on the nature in human nature. Her focus is mainly the feminine body -- of earth and women, of animals, human and nonhuman. Whether writing about whales or women's bathing rituals, salmon or friendship, rain forests or life-saving dreams, Peterson weaves a compelling story of the bond between nature and ourselves.

This rich, expanded collection was first hailed by critics as "lyrical and life-enhancing...with large doses of wonder, humor, and warmth." The new essays include a moving appeal to seek compassion in healing our sexual lives during this time of AIDS. There are also chronicles of the birth, death, and afterlife of a baby beluga whale, and of the seagull's memory for human faces. Peterson's passionately observed subjects range from lullabies to abortion, dolphins to old-growth forests, fundamentalism to fishing.

Combining her skills as a mesmerizing storyteller and nationally acclaimed nature writer, Peterson explores the healing, vital symbiosis between the sacred, sensual body of our earth and the feminine -- and intimacy which instructs and inspires, but most of all sustains us.

Praise for Nature and Other Mothers
"Peterson writes a vital, intimate prose that energizes readers with its intelligence and good humor."
--Publishers Weekly, included in New York Times "Noted with Pleasure."
"Moving but never sentimental, sophisticated but accessible, this small volume is sure to both inspire and amuse. Highly recommended."
--Library Journal
"Potent and poignant . . . Lively essays that mix politics, religion, nature, myth, and memoir."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"A lyrical and life-enhancing collection. . . There are large doses of wonder, humor, and warmth . . . Nature and Other Mothers is overflowing with heartening and healing spiritual thoughts."
--Values and Visions