Wild Life

Finding My Purpose in an Untamed World

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

The moment we read Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant’s book, we knew her story was singular, and that she would serve as a wonderful, inspirational model of Black Excellence for so many. Wild Life is written with passion, honesty, and hope. A contribution like this is long overdue.”

- John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius, Get Lifted Books

In this vulnerable and urgent memoir, Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant explores the ever-shifting relationship between humans, animals, and the earth through her personal journey to becoming a wildlife ecologist.

ISBN

9781638930402

Language

English

Page count

288

Edition

Hardcover

Sale date

April 2, 2024

Dimensions

6 x 9

About the Book

Growing up in the diverse and bustling California Bay Area, renowned wildlife ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant always felt worlds away from the white male adventurers she watched explore the wilderness on TV. She dreamed of a future where she could spend sleepless nights under the crowded canopies of the Amazon and the starry skies of the savanna. But as Rae set off on her own journey in the wild, finding her way in a profession where there were few scientists who looked like her, she saw nature’s delicate balance in a new light. In her quest to study the ever-shifting relationship between humans, animals, and place, Rae has realized the vital roles we each play not just as stewards for our land and water, but also for our communities, each other, and ourselves.

Wild Life follows Rae from her urban childhood in California and Virginia, to her adventures and explorations in some of the world’s most rugged and remote locales. Hers is a story about a career in the wild spanning nearly two decades, carving a niche for herself as one of very few Black female scientists, and the challenges she has had to overcome, expectations she has had to leave behind, and the many lessons she has learned along the way. Through her personal story of resilience and adaptation, Rae argues for a more connected, more socially and ecologically conscious world.An incredible journey spanning the Great Plains of North America to the rainforests of Madagascar, Wild Life sheds light on our pivotal relationship and responsibility to the natural world and the relatives—both human and otherwise—that we share it with.

Reviews

“As she shares her adventures, Wynn-Grant encourages readers to learn about and honor Earth’s ecosystems and reveals what it truly means to follow your calling wherever the work may take you. She addresses insecurity and shame as well as self-discovery, perseverance, and finding the courage to face your fears. This is a must-read for women of color and all who care about the environment and the pursuit of science.”

- Booklist, starred review

“A wildlife ecologist takes us on a journey of ambition, discovery, and inner acceptance. . .This isn’t simply a nature book or memoir, but a memorable marriage of the two that will leave readers inspired.”

- Kirkus REviews

“[A] poignant debut… Wynn-Grant’s passion and tenacity are on full display, elevating the narrative from travelogue to stirring underdog story. It’s an adventure worth taking.”

- Publisher’s Weekly

“As sensitive and touching as it is urgent,…[Wild Life is] a poignant exploration of the natural world.”

- O, The Oprah Magazine

“The moment we read this book, we knew Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant’s story was singular, and that she would serve as a wonderful, inspirational model of Black Excellence for so many. Wild Life is written with passion, honesty, and hope. A contribution like this is long overdue.”

- John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius, Founders of Get Lifted Books

Wild Life is the bushwacking, honest, and inspiring memoir I wish I’d had as a budding scientist. Dr. Wynn-Grant’s richly-told, revelatory journey will surely have remarkable ripples for generations—and have you on the edge of your seat.”

- Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, co-founder Urban Ocean Lab

“This is a necessary read. Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is transforming the environmental media landscape to center equity and inclusion while empowering the next generation of Black women to turn to STEM”

- Leah Thomas, author of The Intersectional Environmentalist

“On paper and in real life Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant lifts as she climbs, opening the door for the next generation of environmental leaders of color. Wild Life is a stunning testimony of a woman who, against all odds, persevered and remained grounded in her commitment to chasing her dreams and fearlessly advocating for both people and the planet. It’s a must-read for the next generation of leaders seeking a reminder that against all odds, we can and will overcome.”

- Wawa Gatheru, Founder and Executive Director of Black Girl Environmentalist