Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent an entire life staring at different creatures and different cultures, from her personal yard to the African savannah. Her books have transported hundreds of thousands of readers into the hidden lives of animals—from canines and cats to deer and lions. She’s chronicled the day-by-day lives of African tribes, or even imagined the lives of prehistoric humans.  She illuminates unknown worlds like no different. Now, she opens the doorways to her own.


Dreaming of Lions lines Thomas’s existence from her earliest days, together with while, as a tender girl within the Nineteen Fifties, she and her kin packed up and left for the Kalahari wasteland to review the Ju/Wa Bushmen. The world’s figuring out of African tribal cultures hasn't ever been an identical on account that. Nor has Thomas, because the event taught her not just the right way to notice, but additionally find out how to navigate in male-dominated fields like anthropology and animal technological know-how and do what she cared approximately such a lot: spending time with animals and other people in wild locations, and relishing the folks and animals round her at home.


Readers subscribe to Thomas as she returns to Africa, after university and marriage, together with her youngsters, finishing up within the turmoil resulting in Idi Amin’s bloody coup. She invitations us into her relations lifestyles, her writing, and her fascination with animals—from elephants in Namibia, to canines in her kitchen, or cougars outdoors her New England farmhouse. She additionally recounts her own struggles, writing approximately her personal existence with a similar form of fierce honesty that she applies to the area round her, and supplying a memoir that not just stocks large insights, but additionally presents great inspiration.

Dreaming of Lions, initially released in hardcover as A Million Years With You, is a bit up to date and contains a robust new afterword by way of the writer.

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