Melissa Hart presents Wild Within: How Raising an Owl Inspired a Family

09/25/2014 7:00 pm

Melissa will be joined for her reading by Alina Blankenship, representing American Wildlife Foundation. Alina will bring a kestrel, a merlin, and a Great-horned owl. She'll talk about her work as a raptor rehabilitator, and about these three birds in particular.

Melissa Hart, a desperately lonely young divorcee and L.A. transplant, finds herself stranded in rainy Eugene, Oregon, working from home in the company of her two cats and two large mutts. At the local dog park, she meets a fellow dog owner named Jonathan: a tall, handsome man with a unibrow and hawk-like nose. When he invites her to accompany him on a drive to Portland to retrieve six hundred pounds of frozen rats and a fledgling barred owl, sparks fly.

Their courtship blossoms in a raptor rehabilitation center where wounded owls, eagles, falcons, and other iconic birds of prey take refuge and become ambassadors for their species. Initially, Melissa volunteers here in order to "sink her talons" into her new love interest, but soon she falls hopelessly in love with her fine feathered charges.

Melissa and Jonathan start out convinced they don't want children, but caring for birds who have fallen from their nests triggers a deep longing in Melissa to mother an orphaned child. Thus they embark on a heart-wrenching journey to adoption. Every page sparkles with vivid imagery and wit in this beautifully written memoir of parallel pursuits. Wild Within is, above all, about the power of love--romantic, animal, and parental--to save lives and fulfill dreams.

ISBN-13: 9780762796809
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Globe Pequot Press, 8/2014

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