Books by Brenda Peterson

WILD ORCA by Brenda Peterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An informative and entertaining introduction to this intriguing endangered species. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A young girl named Mia is the main character of this story about orcas living in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. Read full book review >
LOBOS by Brenda Peterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"An up-close look at species reintroduction for readers not quite ready for Jean Craighead George's The Wolves are Back (illustrated by Wendell Minor, 2008). (Picture book. 4-8)"
A family of Mexican gray wolves, the lobos of the title, born in captivity, are successfully returned to the wild. Read full book review >
WOLF NATION by Brenda Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though with some overlap with the existing literature, a useful survey of the current state of all matters lupine."
Blending solid history with on-the-ground reportage, natural history writer Peterson (Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America, 2016, etc.) turns in a spirited defense of Canis lupus. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"Whether rabble-rousing at Baptist summer camp or guarding seal pups by the Salish Sea, Peterson has a gift for describing her life's many adventures with disarming understatement and narrative poise."
An environmentalist writer's lifelong struggle with her evangelical roots. Read full book review >
ANIMAL HEART by Brenda Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Provocative in the best sense: it gets the reader mad enough to care."
Strangely gratifying narratives never quite gel and yet stand ably and intriguingly on their own six feet: love story, natural-history lesson, mysticism, direct-action radical politics, xenotransplantation, and redemption. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The premise of the volume—that women everywhere and in every time have been intimately linked to plants in a sort of flora and femme sisterhood—may well turn the stomachs of women who came of age after the early 1970s. But the meat of it will captivate readers of all ages."
Editors Hogan and Peterson (Intimate Nature, 1998) are back with women and plants, and the essays and poems they have brought together are dazzling. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"These are, indeed, stories of an intimate nature: sensuous, unsparing, carefully mulled, razor sharp."
A splendid, multihued collection of writings by women on their kinship with animals, edited by Hogan (Solar Storms, 1995, etc.), Metzger (Writing for Your Life, not reviewed), and Peterson (Sister Stories, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"But despite this unwonted secrecy and the book's New Age tinge, this is clearly a labor of love that is both thoughtful and touching."
Memories of and musings on the relationships between women, from novelist Peterson (Duck and Cover, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
DUCK AND COVER by Brenda Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Peterson's tongue-in-cheek characters have a tendency to border on caricature at times, subtracting from the book's power, but, all in all, this is a step up—a highly original work by an intriguing author."
A family of American Defense experts finds their personal cold war dissolving in this eccentric and often amusing satirical romp by the author of Becoming the Enemy (1988) and River of Light (1978). Read full book review >