Build Me an Ark by Brenda Peterson
A Life With Animals

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"Peterson writes of nature with an intimacy that tugs at the reader's deep memory."—Orion

This is the story of a life and spirit guided by animals. Brenda Peterson was raised in the High Sierras on a national forest lookout station, and wildlife had a daily, defining influence on her life. Peterson explores her deep connection with animals, from watching grizzlies in Montana's Rockies, to keeping Siberian huskies as pets in New York City, to her work for the restoration of wild wolves. Her lively storytelling bridges the worlds of human and animal, as she fascinates us with intimate stories of her studies of wild dolphins, whales, and orcas. Peterson reveals how animal bonds have enriched her life and led her toward a wider epiphany: As a species we cannot live without other animals. "[A] wealth of fascinating anecdotes and insights...[an] engaging memoir."—Publishers Weekly

About Brenda Peterson

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Brenda Peterson has written fifteen books for adults. She is the founder of the grassroots organization Seal Sitters ( This is her first children’s book. She lives in Seattle.Robin Lindsey has been a commercial photographer for over thirty years. Her photographs of harbor seals and pups have been published in Wildlife Conservation magazine and several Scholastic magazines. She lives in Seattle.
Published July 17, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Memoirs of an ardent animal-rights activist who describes herself as having been carried all her life “in the generous and instructive slipstream of other species.” Peterson (Sister Stories, 1996, etc.) has spent her life keenly aware of the animals around her.

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A lifelong love of animals combined with a jeweler's eye for multifaceted philosophical meanings provide Peterson (Living by Water) with a wealth of fascinating anecdotes and insights in this engaging memoir.

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Peterson gracefully shares with us some very fine moments of her love relationship with two Siberian huskies and two extraordinary Siamese Manx cats: "Because animals seem to dwell in the present moment, because their own presence is so instinctive, their attention so unwavering, they offer us a ...

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