My six books explore the intersection of humans and the wild earth.
Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature and Spirit, was just published by Little, Brown. I finished this book during the pandemic, and am delighted to share it with all of you. It is a book about interconnection, healing, and creating a life of reciprocity with all beings.
“With her deep Intuition and expansive attention as our guides, Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s gorgeous words create a path to the place where science and spirit meet. It’s a barefoot path that wanders through solitudes and into community with frogs, moose, orca and our own wildness.”—Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass
Learn more, and find links to ORDER Rooted through your favorite bookseller on my home page.
Mozart’s Starling, published by Little, Brown, 2017
Winner, Washington State Book Award, 2018
A ‘luminous wonder.” -Luis Alberto Urrea, The New York Times
“Mozart’s Starling is a delightful, enlightening, breathless flight through the worlds of Carmen and Star, two European starlings who join their human counterparts in exploring life and music and nature, helping to shed light on the connection between humans and birds–those of us bound to terra firma, and those of us who are free to soar.” -Garth Stein, NYT bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little, Brown, 2013)
Finalist, Orion Book Award
“Haupt’s brilliant book restores nature in our lives and uplifts that relationship with stories full of wonder, awe, and love.” -David Suzuki
Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom From the Urban Wilderness (Little, Brown, 2009)
Winner, Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award
“A completely charming and informative book on the pleasures of keeping one’s eyes open.” -David Sedaris
“With her sensitivity, careful eye and gift for language, Haupt tells her tale beautifully, using crow study to get at a range of ever-deepening concerns about nature and our place within it, immersing us in a heady hybrid of science, history, how-to and memoir.”
-Erika Schickel, Los Angeles Times
“Haupt captures crows wonderfully in elegant prose and weaves a thoughtful tale that connects them… to our growing awareness of our kinship to, and dependence on, the rest of life.”
-Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven
“If you picture Henry David Thoreau as a young mother and scientist in suburban Seattle, you can begin to imagine the literate elegance of Crow Planet. Lyanda Haupt has spun the natural life of neighborhoods, and most poignantly the surpassing intelligence of crows, into the kind of gold only the most gifted writer and naturalist could fashion. Crow Planet is a small treasure, a conversion experience of truth, wit, and re-enchantment that remakes the world and our place within it.”
-Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest
“The fiction (sometimes the hope!) that you can escape from nature by living in the city is as sad as it is widespread. This book will remind you to open your eyes to the mundane–it will make the city a far richer place for you.”
-Bill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben Reader
Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent (Little, Brown, 2004) I’ll be honest: of all my books this one sold the least, but it is my absolute favorite.
“Excellent…Ultimately Haupt’s portrait is of a devastatingly sensitive man who teaches himself to approach the world with a profound humility.” – Anthony Doerr, The Boston Globe
“Revelatory.” –Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
“Informative and charming… Haupt channels her hands-on experiences into appealing images and engaging vignettes.”– Kirkus
Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (Sasquatch, 2002)
Winner, 2002 Washington State Book Award
My work has appeared in many publications including Orion, The LA Times, Discover, Huffington Post, High Country News, Image, Wild Earth Journal, Conservation Biology Journal, and Birdwatchers Digest.