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Reconnect with the natural world through essays that blend science and prose. In her debut work, journalist Josephine Woolington sheds light on diverse flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. From the coastal tailed frog to yellow-cedar, these stories encourage a more collective understanding of our natural wonders in a rapidly changing world.
Josephine Woolington is a writer, musician, and educator. She previously worked at several newspapers in Oregon and is currently a freelance journalist, focusing on stories about the natural world. She lives in Portland.
“A deep dive into connections with the land and the life-forms that call the Pacific Northwest home. Fascinating. Sobering. Inspiring.” —Jane Billinghurst, co-author of Forest Walking: Discovering the Trees and Woodlands of North America
“In a series of beautiful essays on the foraging western bumble bee, the stunning sandhill crane, the long-lived yellow-cedar, and more, Where We Call Home takes us on a journey to explore the natural histories of ten native species in the Pacific Northwest. It is a powerful meditation on the past, present, and possible future of this land, its inhabitants, and our own relationship with nature.” —Lauren E. Oakes, author of In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World
“Josephine Woolington is a model of a particular kind of curiosity that is at root a form of love—love for the plants and animals and geography that together make up the place she occupies. Where We Call Home is an invitation to pay attention to and become intimate with the world beyond the self. And it is a welcome addition to the literature of the Pacific Northwest.” —Scott F. Parker, author of A Way Home: Oregon Essays and Being on the Oregon Coast