cover Heart of Home
People, Wildlife, Place

by Ted Kerasote

The Lyons Press
Publication date: 1997
paperback | 272 pages

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Is home a place, a state of mind, or a way of participating in the natural world?

In Heart of Home, Ted Kerasote makes the case for all three. These thoughtful, provocative essays and stories showcase Kerasote at his best, probing the evolving relationship between humans and nature. Whether fly-fishing for trout, frolicking with coyotes, gauging the costs of logging, agriculture and hunting, or fantasy-camping with the fathers of conservation, John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, Kerasote eloquently illuminates an engrossing central theme: how we stay connected to the Earth's cycles of life and death through mindful participation. Kerasote discards the easy labels of hunters versus vegetarians, loggers versus environmentalists, and zeroes in on the interconnectedness of all human beings and their home, the Earth. In twenty reflective pieces, half of which have never before been published, Heart of Home solidifies Ted Kerasote's place among the best of American nature writers.


"Beautifully written, these essays will inspire all who read them to reconsider their connection with nature."
Publishers Weekly

"Heart of Home expands our thinking as to our authentic ties to animals and what the appropriate role of the hunter might be."
— Terry Tempest Williams, Author of Refuge

"At once sensible and sensitive, by turns subtly humorous and profoundly moving, Ted Kerasote once again works his particular kind of earth-magic. A warning: The heart he breaks may be your own."
— Mary Zeiss Stange, Director of women's studies Skidmore College and author of Woman the Hunter

"Ted Kerasote belongs to that tradition of thoughtful writers whose subject is nature and how we relate to it."
— C.P. Crow, The New York Times Book Review