Oregon Book Awards Finalist: Part Wild

The winners of the Oregon Book Award will be announced at the  Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 8th at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.

2013 Oregon Book Awards Finalist
Part Wild by Ceiridwen Terrill


Creative Nonfiction

Part Wild is the unforgettable story of Ceiridwen Terrill’s journey with a creature whose heart is divided between her bond to one woman and her need to roam free.  When Terrill adopts a wolfdog–part husky, part gray wolf–named Inyo to be her protector and fellow traveler, she is drawn to Inyo’s spark of wildness; compelled by the great responsibility, even danger, that accompanies the allure of the wild; and transformed by the extraordinary love she shares with Inyo, who teaches Terrill how to carve out a place for herself in the world.

An excerpt from Part Wild
I slept for what must have been another hour.  The next time I peeked outside Inyo was gone.  Had she scratched at the door to be let in, and getting no answer wandered off?  I tugged on my boots and tumbled down the snowy hill from the cabin calling to her.  I found her stalking snowballs along the edge of Richardson Lake, a few hundred yards away.  When she spotted me running toward her, it was as if we’d been apart for months.  She rocketed across the snow and caromed into my chest.  I flew backward and she stood on my belly, licking my mouth and nibbling my chin.  You!  You!  When I got to my feet we trudged uphill together from the lakeshore, Inyo’s breath hanging like smoke in the air.

About the Author
Ceiridwen Terrill is an associate professor at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches environmental journalism and science writing.  When she’s not writing and teaching, she’s sailing the San Juan Islands, jumping horses, topping out on Mount Hood, free-climbing through the narrow slot canyons of Utah, or backpacking with Argos, her 100% pure American street dog.

Praise for Part Wild

“Ceiridwen Terrill will make you fully understand the differences between wild and domestic animals.  Her riveting prose about her wolf hybrid is essential reading for everyone who is interested in animals.”  –Temple Grandin

“I can’t think of anything I’ve read lately that made me more grateful to have dogs, Canis lupus familiaris, as domesticated animals in my life.  The book is beautifully written, bravely honest, and heartbreaking.” –Patricia McConnell, PhD

“The moments of pure wildness that united the spirits of the author and her wolfdog, Inyo, will touch the soul of every reader.” –Dr. Michael W. Fox

“This introspective and lyrical book will be an eye-opener for all lovers of dogs.”  –Booklist

Suggested Links
Ceiridwen Terrill’s website
NPR interview

Buy the Book 
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