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Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent an entire life watching 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 strains Thomas’s existence from her earliest days, together with while, as a tender girl within the Fifties, she and her kinfolk packed up and left for the Kalahari desolate tract to review the Ju/Wa Bushmen. The world’s figuring out of African tribal cultures hasn't ever been an identical seeing that. Nor has Thomas, because the adventure taught her not just the best way to become aware of, but in addition the way to navigate in male-dominated fields like anthropology and animal technology and do what she cared approximately such a lot: spending time with animals and other people in wild areas, and relishing the folk and animals round her at home.
 
Readers sign up for Thomas as she returns to Africa, after university and marriage, together with her kids, finishing up within the turmoil resulting in Idi Amin’s bloody coup. She invitations us into her kin lifestyles, her writing, and her fascination with animals―from elephants in Namibia, to canine in her kitchen, or cougars outdoors her New England farmhouse. She additionally recounts her own struggles, writing approximately her personal existence with an identical type of fierce honesty that she applies to the realm round her, and providing a memoir that not just stocks great insights, but additionally offers large inspiration.

Dreaming of Lions, initially released in hardcover as A Million Years With You, is a bit up to date and features a strong new afterword through the author.

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