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Open Book Club: American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

In August, our Open Book Club will read and discuss American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee. Please register to participate here!

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West—between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscapes.

Island Books' open book club meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdOyupzwsHdDtfZBoewlfk6i91uxlz-Cs
American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101902806
Availability: Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - July 31st, 2018