I also think of my family, who always encouraged me, my brother, who accomplished much in his short life, and finally, a certain coyote I said good bye to once, on my way to work. Born and raised in the cornfields of Illinois, Bryan enlisted in the Army upon graduation from High School and served his term overseas. It took a degree in Accounting, years of daydreaming in cubicles, and a collection of stories piling up on his hard drive to learn he is a writer and not an accountant. His writing style is influenced most by screenplays, of which he is a voracious reader.
He currently resides with his family in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thanks, Jenny, for providing it! Comment by mountainmama — August 5, 4: Gee, I thought I was the only one who heard voices. Mine tends to sound an awful lot like the wicked witch of the west from the Wizard of Oz. Comment by Karyne — August 5, Thank you so much for posting this, Jenny. And if I can ever help you with something, please drop me an email. Comment by Bryan — August 5, Self-doubt used to sleep with me, but I finally kicked him out and got down to the business of writing what I wanted to write.
Lee McKenzie — August 5, What a great interview. Comment by Sandy — August 5, Self-doubt is a killer. Any time I get a bad review self-doubt booms through my head. Comment by Jodie B. Cooper — August 5, 1: It always is such a heart-melting feeling when someone makes it.
Dennis also sounds so sincere, I will most certainly have to track him down and follow him.
Comment by Lynette Ferreira — August 5, 1: My most glaring recent moment? After publishing, I had a dream that an agent was talking big things to me about my book, then I overheard him talking complete trash about me to someone else. One of those dreams when you wake up knowing exactly what was behind it. Comment by Paul Dail — August 5, 2: Congrats on being a finalist—that really IS big news.
So shut up, inner critic!! Comment by Savvy — August 5, 3: It is nice to know an account becomes a writer by putting down his daydreams cubicle on paper. I can understand that because not too long ago, I was an engineer working in a cuble day in and day out for 15 years. Writing definitely made my life much more interesting and fulfilled. Comment by Lisa Zhang Wharton — August 5, Comment by Carra Riley — August 7, 2: The ABNA can certainly be a kick in the pants.
Historian Dan Flores has fun describing how coyotes make a mockery of our attempts to put nature in order: Flores is both a fine scholar and a most engaging writer. He argues most persuasively that we need to learn to live with coyote and the other beings with which we share this earth. From cover to cover, it's a truly thrilling read, leaving readers with a better idea of the way urban development has impacted the world and a desire to protect the existence of animals that have, in more recent days, been labeled dangerous predators.
Acting as both a knowledgeable guide and a public service announcement, this book is a must-read for anyone with an interest in animal welfare and environmentalism.
Over the past years, the original desert-dweller has expanded its territory as far north as Alaska, south into the tropics and deep into many cities. That ubiquity has created a host of problems for both the animal and its neighbors, human and otherwise. Flores captures all sides of the situation in this detailed portrait of an American icon. Deft prose and wide-ranging research do their part to carry Flores through the grimmer chapters of his narrative Whatever the coyote may still be wanting, that list no longer includes a book to do it justice.
The coyote stories in this book are among the best, and Flores is a master storyteller. Highly recommended for natural history enthusiasts interested in moving beyond the conventional wisdom about coyotes to gain a deeper understanding of their presence in our midst.
Well written throughout and just the right length, Flores' book makes a welcome primer for living in a land in which coyotes roam freely - in, that is to say, the Coyote America of his title. Their story is interwoven with our story, but it is also like our story, that of a species that has faced challenges and overcome them. Read this book if you want to understand the wild canids among us and also, perhaps, a little bit more about yourself.
Magic occurs in these pages. It brilliantly blends environmental history with old-fashioned storytelling. Flores is a master of the American West and a personal hero. Roosevelt and the Land of America. Even New York Cityabout as far from the Southwest as one can get, both geographically and figurativelyhas been the site of a rash of coyote sightings for more than a decade.
The politics of Coyote are rather two-dimensional, unfortunately; I tolerated them at first because I thought we would leave them behind once the Alabama left orbit. It is easy to forget that once you scrape away the patina of lore, pale flesh and brittle bones are all that remain. Jul 30, dkoemans rated it did not like it. He was finished with being quiet, polite, and using his inner authority to persuade outlaws to move on. Doc is on my "Top 10 All Time" list, and Epitaph will now be on that list also. And along the way, I will also be doing some reviews of other people's books and occasionally blogging about other stuff.
The coyote, it turns out, loves the American people. This is ironic, given that since the nineteenth century, Americans have been at war with the coyote.
Nevertheless, the coyote has not only survived our onslaught, it has thrived, using the streets of our cities as springboards for a takeover of the continent. The result is an American avatar: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Legends don't come close to capturing the incredible story of the coyote In the face of centuries of campaigns of annihilation employing gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn't just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Alaska to New York.
In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won, hands-down. Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal, from its origins to its apotheosis. It is one of the great epics of our time. Read more Read less. Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.
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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Born and raised in the cornfields of Illinois, Bryan enlisted An Epitaph for Coyote: A Novel by [Dennis, Bryan R.]. That was what I felt with "An Epitaph for Coyote." Quite simply, I loved this novel. I loved it the way you sometimes stumble across a novel that just suddenly hits.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I am a second-generation native of the Southwestern desert and have been around coyotes all my life. I have served on the board of the University of Arizona Press which gave me access to very large natural history resources. This book is, by far, the most readable and, to my knowledge, complete discussion of our animal companion. That we have spent millions of dollars and a century trying to eradicate an animal who not only mostly can and will live among us without difficulty is truly sad if for no other reason than the money might have been spent on something more useful.
And, amazingly with so little result proof of his adaptability.
A superbly well written book, the one I will recommend to any and all who show an interest in the Coyote. Coyotes now are in every state but Hawai'i.
Any book by Dan Flores is worth a read. There are a number of books on coyotes, but this one is the best overall I've read. It covers several broad themes: A sorry tale it is, mostly a taxpayer subsidy of agricultural hatred of predators. Flores says that the coyote resilience is because they can function well as individuals or in groups, and can quickly adjust to the ecological possibilities of an area. This resilience evolved in part because of another kind of persecution: Human eradication of wolves in most of the USA opened up opportunity for coyotes.
Flores thinks coyotes are a lot like humans in being flexible and coping with stress. There's an amusing but serious point in American attitudes. People who like the animal say "ki-YOH-tee" and people who dislike the animal and rural Westerners say "ki-yote. They're in all states but Hawai'i. Flores discusses coyote mixing with wolf and dog populations.