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Untamed : The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island
by Will Harlan


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An inspiring, thought-provoking, and adventurous biography of one woman's fearless crusade to save an island from greed and environmental disaster.

In a "moving homage and an adventure story that artfully articulates the ferocities of nature and humanity," Harlan captures the larger-than-life story of Carol Ruckdeschel, the wildest woman in America ( Kirkus Reviews ).  Read more...


 
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Overview

An inspiring, thought-provoking, and adventurous biography of one woman's fearless crusade to save an island from greed and environmental disaster.

In a "moving homage and an adventure story that artfully articulates the ferocities of nature and humanity," Harlan captures the larger-than-life story of Carol Ruckdeschel, the wildest woman in America (Kirkus Reviews). She wrestles alligators, eats roadkill, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built by hand in an island wilderness. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia.

Cumberland, the country's largest and most biologically diverse barrier island, is celebrated for its windswept dunes and feral horses. Steel magnate Thomas Carnegie once owned much of the island, and in recent years, Carnegie heirs and the National Park Service have clashed with Carol over the island's future. What happens when a dirt-poor naturalist with only a high school diploma becomes an outspoken advocate on a celebrated but divisive island? Untamed is the story of an American original standing her ground and fighting for what she believes in, no matter the cost, "an environmental classic that belongs on the shelf alongside Carson, Leopold, Muir, and Thoreau" (Thomas Rain Crowe).

"Vivid. . . . Ms. Ruckdeschel's biography, and the way this wandering soul came to settle for so many decades on Cumberland Island, is big enough on its own, but Mr. Harlan hints at bigger questions."—Wall Street Journal

"Wild country produces wild people, who sometimes are just what's needed to keep that wild cycle going. This is a memorable portrait." —Bill McKibben

"Deliciously engrossing. . . . Readers are in for a wild ride." —Citizen-Times



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  • ISBN: 9780802192622
  • Publisher: Grove Atlantic
  • Imprint: Grove Press
  • Date: Sept 2018
 
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