The Seattle Star reviews Priscilla Stuckey’s Kissed By A Fox

Excerpt: “Right away it’s clear that this is an extremely dense book, filled with essays bursting with such a breadth of knowledge that it can at times seem overwhelming. But upon closer inspection it’s apparent that in Priscilla Stuckey’s first book there is a simple and clean thread that weaves through the myriad of words, the graceful story of a woman trying to realize her own happiness. Of course happiness is different things to different people, and in Priscilla’s case always comes back to community and nature, and finding herself a place.” For the full review, click here: seattlestar.net...

Kissed by a Fox review on Story Circle Book Reviews

Blurb: From creation stories to discussions of land use regulations, Stuckey explores our Western spiritual and political choices and argues for a new approach to nature, all of it. She is not rejecting science, but believes there is something more to be included, advocating everyday practices of “respect, careful attention, empathy, and kindness” toward the earth and all it contains. Read the full review...

Excerpt from Kissed by a Fox by Priscilla Stuckey on The Nervous Breakdown

” Midnight blue water rested at the horizon under a brightening sky, framing shafts of pine and fir at shore’s edge. Here on the southern tip of Lopez Island, off the coast of Seattle, the dawn air was cool and still, the only sound a few songbirds calling far away. I headed across the needle-packed yard toward a clump of pines. The bald eagle nest was right over there, Anya had said; she’d seen the chicks fledging just days ago, and they couldn’t be far away now. I turned my binoculars toward the pines, eager to spot that huge platform of sticks three to five feet across. Eagles use the same structure year after year, weaving in more and more sticks for support until the whole can weigh a ton or more. Surely a nest the size of a mattress should be easy to find! I scanned the trees in one direction. Nothing. Puzzled, I looked the other way. No nest anywhere in sight. Soon my neck stiffened from the upward gaze. I lowered the glasses and headed across the thick carpet of pine needles. The eagles would have to show up soon. Anya had said they were here, so I might as well wait.” For the full excerpt, click here:...

The Nervous Breakdown Self-Interview with Priscilla Stuckey

Excerpt: Your book is a synthesis of memoir and cultural critique. Why did you choose this form? Because the material demanded it—isn’t this what writers usually say? Except in my case it was because the stand-alone memoir was going nowhere. The agents I sent it to all said the same thing: “I like it, but …” Then they couldn’t tell me what else was needed. So I hired an editor, sent her my chapters, and chewed my nails until we got on the phone. And the first words out of her mouth were, “The most interesting part of this book hasn’t been written yet.” Not what I wanted to hear when I was almost done with a full draft! To read the full self-interview, click...

Book Review: Kissed By a Fox on Brevity.com

 Excerpt: “Priscilla Stuckey comes to us now with her first delicious nonfiction memoir Kissed By a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature. I was drawn to it so intensely that I did something I have never done. I read the whole of it over one 24 hour period. You might say I steeped myself in it, and this steeping richly fed me.” Full...