Brenda Peterson

Brenda Peterson Books

Brenda Peterson is a novelist, memoirist, and nature writer, author of 19 books, including the novel, Duck and Cover, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.". Her recent memoir—a dark comedy of family and faith— is I Want To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth. It was named among the "Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books" by The Christian Science Monitor. The book was also chosen by independent booksellers nationwide as an Indie Next Top Pick and a“Great Read.” It's now out in audiobook from Watch Nancy Pearl's BOOK LUST video interview with Brenda Peterson's first memoir, Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals, was chosen as a “Best Spiritual Book of 2001,” and was translated into Chinese. Her non-fiction books include Living by Water and the National Geographic book Sightings: The Gray Whale’s Mysterious Journey. Peterson's first children's book, Leopard and Silkie: One Boy's Quest to Save Seal Pups, is a winner of the National Science Teacher's Association for "Outstanding Books of 2013 for K-12." Her bestselling Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir, was featured on and Oprah's 2016 Oprah Book Club 2.0 newsletter. Peterson's forthcoming books, Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America," and a natural history of wolves are due out in September, 2016 and May, 2017. Two children's books on whales and wolves are also forthcoming in 2017-2018. Peterson’s work has appeared in many national publications, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Utne Reader, Orion and Oprah magazine. Since 1993 she has contributed environmental commentary for Seattle’s NPR stations. She's contributed to The Huffington Post since 2009. Please visit her website at