Do you remember? I followed his journey on Facebook! In the summer of 2009, a young mountain lion left his home in the Black Hills of South Dakota and set out on a cross-country journey that covered two years and more than two thousand miles across America, passing within thirty miles of Manhattan before ending tragically on a Connecticut parkway. In this hour-long presentation of images, film, and firsthand accounts of those whose lives were touched by this record-setting cat, author Will Stolzenburg chronicles this modern odyssey of perseverance and survival against overwhelming odds.
The journey quest at the heart of William Stolzenburg’s new book features an unconventional hero to be sure, a three-year-old mountain lion who remains unnamed throughout. Yet readers will find it both compelling and insightful, a worthy addition to the narratives of young adventurers in search of riches, love, and meaning…Stolzenburg’s thoughtful and gripping narrative, in the end, is less about the sad heart of a lion on a fruitless quest, and more about the hearts and minds of the humans whose territory it traversed. — Laurance A. Marschall, Natural History magazine
Part demon hunt, part natural history mystery, part unrequited love story, Heart of a Lion keeps tragic adventure company with Sebastion Junger’s The Perfect Storm and Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. — Christopher Spatz, President, Cougar Rewilding Foundation
An exhilarating book for anyone who yearns after the wild. — Susan Orlean, author, Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief
About the author:
William Stolzenburg has written hundreds of magazine articles about the science and spirit of saving wild creatures. A 2010 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, he is the author of the books Where the Wild Things Were and Rat Island. He is also the screenwriter of the documentaries Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators, and Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship. He lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.