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The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills
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A red fox stands poised at the edge of a woodchuck den, his ears perked for danger as two pudgy fox cubs frolic nearby. A mother black bear and her cubs hibernate beneath a felled tree. A barred owl snags a hapless cottontail from a meadow with its precise talons. In The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of the Wild Catskills, Leslie T. Sharpe trains her keen eye and narrative gifts on these and other New York wildlife through her tales of close observations as a naturalist living in the Great Western Catskills. The Quarry Fox is the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since John Burroughs invented the genre of nature-writing, in which Sharpe weaves her experiences with the seasons, plants, and creatures with the natural history of each organism, revealing their sensitivity to and resilience against the splendor and cruelty of Nature.Sharpe's frank, scientific observations join with her deeply felt connection to these creatures to instill in readers an appreciation of the undaunted and variegated beauty of the Catskills and camaraderie with its animals. From contemplating the importance of milkweed for monarchs to lay their eggs to reveling in the first steps of a wobbly fawn, The Quarry Fox is a celebration of the natural world and our place in it.

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      • source: Kathryn Heintz, Executive Director, New York City Audubon
      • content: The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills is a transcendental walk through a halcyon habitat, a soulful education on a delightful collection of species through Leslie Sharpe's joyful storytelling.
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      • source: Nick Lyons, author of Spring Creek
      • content: In prose as clear and sinuous as the mountain brook she rescues from a bog and as wise-eyed as her quarry fox and black bear, Leslie Sharpe has written a truly classic memoir of her life in the still wild Catskill Mountains. Lovers of Burroughs, Thoreau, and Aldo Leopold will treasure this wonderful book.
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      • source: Sylvia Jorrin, author of Sylvia's Farm: The Journal of an Improbable Shepherd and The Improbable Shepherd: More Stories from Sylvia's Farm
      • content: The Quarry Fox is to be savored. It's to be treasured and re-read again and again. Sharpe opened a whole world to me, the world of a naturalist.
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      • source: Marie Winn, former nature columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park and Central Park in the Dark: More Mysteries of Urban Wildlife
      • content: The Quarry Fox is replete with fascinating and endearing creatures: dancing woodcocks, luna moths, baby black bears, hibernating woodchucks and, of course, the quarry fox of the title. But the most captivating of the large cast of characters is the book's author herself, curious, adventurous and passionately in love with the natural world. She is not only enamored of a great variety of mammals, insects, frogs, fish and birds. This is one of the rare humans who have preferential feelings for the mineral and vegetable worlds as well as our animal one. "'Old Blue,' my favorite snag of rock," she writes fondly of a sandstone boulder. And she rhapsodizes about a Black Walnut tree: "In fall, I love how its fernlike leaves turn bright yellow, contrasting with the rich dark brown of its rugged bark."

        Her powers of observation are extraordinary and unconventional. An abandoned quarry reminds her of an archaeological dig, once the scene of great human activity, now motionless and silent. As for the color of her fox heroine, Sharpe compares her to a Creamsicle!

        Above all Sharpe is a hugely likable narrator. She won my heart again and again by her efforts to accommodate the creatures she encounters. As she takes her daily walk in the woods near her cabin she repeatedly calls out "Bear bear bear, " impelled not by fear but by empathy. "I was sharing this land with wild critters in a very real, not just fanciful, way. I was entering the bear's territory—certainly it was hers as much as mine, and I had to respect that," she writes. Well, you have to respect and indeed, love a person who thinks that way.

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      • source: Miranda Weiss, author of Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska
      • content: Reading The Quarry Fox, I was transported to the East Coast's beautiful hardwood forests—and I couldn't imagine a more observant, knowledgeable and sensitive guide. In the guise of richly knowledgeable natural history, The Quarry Fox is a love letter to a place. This book is antidote to our modern, harried lives. It will make you slow down and pay more attention to the places that you love. In its pages, Sharpe sees what so few of us see: the black bear sow and cubs hibernating under a fallen tree, a palm-size luna moth, a porcupine gnawing the deck boards. Her book shows us that to know a place is to pay attention to it. And by paying attention we become fully alive. John Burroughs would be proud.
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      • source: Dennis Covington, author of Salvation on Sand Mountain
      • content: Carefully observed, beautifully written, and delivered in the voice of someone who is talking to us about love.
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      • source: Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks and Feather Brained
      • content: A skyful of stars for The Quarry Fox! Leslie T. Sharpe's rich descriptions of nature—especially birds—are so intoxicating, they're probably illegal in most states. She is patiently relentless in her pursuit of curious facts about animal behavior, and her close observations of the critters around her cabin in the Catskills richly reward close reading.
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