Savage Park

2015

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Praise for Savage Park:

Savage Park was excerpted in The Atlantic. Print reviews included the cover story of the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. Slate also said that Savage Park had one of the “Best Lines of 2015.” and The Believer named it one of their favorite books of 2015. Pank magazine said “Savage Park wraps us in wonder…Amy Fusselman writes with grace and precision that beckons us to ask ourselves, just how will I live my life?”

“Fusselman’s mind is a playground in and of itself. [Her] prose has a spare, clean elegance that can carry a knife-like precision.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“This brief, passionate book….never fails to engage.”—Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe“That’s what Amy Fusselman asks us to do in “Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die.” She asks us to remember we are going to die; she reminds us to live while we are still alive.”- SF Gate

Amy Fusselman writes with a unique depth of feeling, and Savage Park is a fascinating and daresay essential meditation on childhood, parenthood, and the importance of wild spaces for those wild creatures known as kids.”
—Dave Eggers

“In this unusually refreshing meditation (which reads like a novel), we are given a tour of the space around and within us. With poetic efficiency Amy Fusselman reveals what makes us savage or not; why secret, wild spaces are essential; and, why playing should be taken seriously.”
—Philippe Petit, High Wire Artist

“I yield to no one in my admiration for Amy Fusselman’s work. Her new book, Savage Park, further explores with astonishing power, eloquence, precision, and acid humor her obsessive, necessary theme: the gossamer-thin separation between life and death.” —David Shields, author of Reality Hunger 

Savage Park is a deeply felt and brilliant evocation of one of motherhood’s most pressing concerns: safety. In asking whether we can live fully–or parent successfully–when we’re governed by an unacknowledged fear of death, Fusselman jumps high above the tedious Mommy Wars, elevating crucial questions of parenting to a profound philosophical level. Here’s hoping more writer-mothers follow her lead.”
—Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair

“Amy Fusselman helps us see, and feel, what matters most about being alive. This is a daring and artful—and exhilarating—book. The ideas are bracing; the stories are irresistible; the prose sets a new standard for non-fiction literature.”
—Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two