Author Event - Wild Within with Melissa Hart
08/23/2014 6:00 pm
, a desperately lonely young divorcee and L.A. transplant, finds herself stranded in rainy Eugene, Oregon, working from home in the company of her
two cats and two large mutts.
At the local dog park, she
meets a fellow dog owner named Jonathan: a tall, handsome man with a unibrow and hawk-like nose.
to accompany him on a drive to Portland to retrieve six hundred pounds of frozen rats and a fledgling barred owl, sparks fly!
Their courtship blossoms in a raptor rehabilitation center where wounded owls, eagles, falcons, and other iconic birds of prey take refuge and become ambassadors for their species.
volunteers here in order to "sink her
talons" into her
new love interest, but soon she
falls hopelessly in love with her
fine feathered charges: Archimedes, a gorgeous snowy owl; Lorax, a serene great-horned owl; and Bodhi, a baby barred with a permanently injured wing.
Even as human-habituated birds, they retain a wildness that hoodwinks even the most experienced handlers.
Overcoming her fears, Melissa bravely suffers some puncture wounds to get closer to these magnificent creatures.
and Jonathan start out convinced they don't want children, but caring for birds who have fallen from their nests triggers a deep longing in Melissa
to mother an orphaned child.
Thus they embark on a heart-wrenching journey to adoption.
Every page sparkles with vivid imagery and wit in this beautifully written memoir of parallel pursuits.
Wild Within is, above all, about the power of love--romantic, animal, and parental--to save lives and fulfill dreams.
Melissa Hart is a nature and travel writer and the author of Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood.
She teaches feature and travel writing at the University of Oregon.
lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her
husband and their daughter.
Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Hardcover)
By Melissa Hart