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Listen to the opening of ‘American Wolf’

Our October pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This,” is Nate Blakeslee’s narrative nonfiction book “American Wolf.” It tells the tale of O-Six, a Yellowstone alpha female who became known as “the world’s most famous wolf,” and the people and politics that surrounded her. Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up to our newsletter. Learn more about the book club here.

Haven’t yet received the book? Here’s an audio clip to get you started, narrated by Mark Bramhall, from the first few pages of Chapter 1. The passage describes O-Six and her pack hunting an elk, which is common prey for the wolves, and also one of the reasons hunters feel threatened by the wolves’ presence.

“The wolves drove an elk down the side of a steep snow-covered butte under a sky close and gray,” Blakeslee writes. “There were three wolves. The one in the lead was almost pure-white… [The elk] seemed an impossible quarry.”

Listen to the full passage below: