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  • Published: 28 November 2023
  • ISBN: 9781728276595
  • Imprint: Sourcebooks
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $49.99

Why We Need to Be Wild




Is it possible to live like our ancient ancestors in the 21st century? One woman decided to find out

A bold examination of how Paleolithic wisdom could solve our 21st century problems

Jessica Carew Kraft, an urban wife and mom of two, was firmly rooted in the modern world, complete with a high-powered career in tech and the sneaking suspicion that her lifestyle was preventing her and her family from truly thriving. Determined to find a better way, Jessica quit her job and set out to learn about “rewilding” from people who reject the comforts and convenience of civilization by using ancient tools and skills to survive. Along the way, she learned how to turn sticks into fire, stones into axes, and bones into tools for harvesting wild food—and found an entire community walking the path back from our technology-focused, anxiety-ridden way of life to a simpler, more human experience.

Weaving deep research and reportage with her own personal journey, Jessica tells the remarkable story of the potential benefits rewilding has for us and our planet, and questions what it truly means to be a human in today’s world. For readers of A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century and Hunt, Gather, Parent, Why We Need to Be Wild is a thought-provoking, unforgettable narrative that illuminates how we survived in the past, how we live now, and how each of us can choose to thrive in the years ahead.

  • Published: 28 November 2023
  • ISBN: 9781728276595
  • Imprint: Sourcebooks
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $49.99

About the author

Jessica Carew Kraft

JESSICA CAREW KRAFT is an independent journalist trained in cultural anthropology, with degrees from the University of London, Yale University and Swarthmore College. Her reporting on health, culture, tech and education has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, Politico, NBC News, KQED, and many other outlets. She has also taught anthropology, urban agriculture, and sustainability at UC Berkeley, the Academy of Art University, California College of the Arts, and the California Institute of Integral Studies.