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Winner of the 17th annual National Indie Excellence Awards in Nature/Indigenous/First-Nations Non-Fiction


Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (BIPOC category).


Winner of the 2023 NYC Big Book Award in Nature



“There’s a fresh coating of snow on the ground outside our cabin as I look to see who’s coming to the fourteen feeders, we keep filled with black oil sunflower seeds year-round.”  

So begins A Year of Moons: Stories from the Adirondack Foothills, a collection of essays by award-winning author Joseph Bruchac. The collection is a reflection on the rhythms of the land, the plants and animals that surround us, and the connections that link humans, animals and our natural world. With one foot rooted firmly in the inheritance of nature essays, and another rooted firmly in Bruchac’s Indigenous Abenaki heritage, the collection is an artifact of a beautiful landscape and the changes it encounters throughout the year.    

In his thoughtful and perceptive way, Bruchac contemplates the changing of the seasons, his relationship with the creatures and plant life that share his home, and a vision of stewardship. Bruchac explores each month of the year through the lens of the lunar cycles, as he considers Abenaki traditions and stories, along with his own experience of the world around him. His curiosity and reverence for the earth shine through on every page as he looks at the place he calls home with new eyes, reflected by the changing of each month’s moon. 


Hear Joseph Bruchac talk about A YEAR OF MOONS

A Year of Moons: Stories From the Adirondack Foothills


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