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Nov. 13, 2008

University of Iowa Press republishes conservationist John Madson's 'Out Home'

Naturalist and conservationist John Madson's long out-of-print first essay collection, "Out Home," has been republished in paperback in the Bur Oak Books series of the University of Iowa Press.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

Written between 1961 and 1977 for publications including Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Audubon, and Guns and Ammo, the 21 essays and one poem in this volume focus on game and non-game animals and the people who love them and their outdoor world.

Madson writes of hunting and wildlife management, the tricks of whitetail and cottontail, the bewildering interactions of pheasants with their harsh winter world, the cliff-nesting geese of the Missouri River, biscuits and gravy and stories shared around campfires with friends and family, and the great seasonal migrations of geese and cranes. Editor Michael McIntosh, one of the nation's foremost experts on shotguns, has written a short introduction to this edition.

John T. Price, the author of "Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships," commented, "Reading John Madson is to be in the presence of a trusted friend and guide to the natural world. In this eloquent, impassioned collection, he leads us from the tallgrass prairie to the barrier islands to the high cliffs of the upper Missouri and, as always, back home again. I'd follow him anywhere."

An Iowa native who died in 1995, Madson is considered the father of the modern prairie restoration movement. His books include "Where the Sky Began" (reprinted by the UI Press in 2004), "Stories from under the Sky" (reprinted by the UI Press last year), "Up on the River" and "Tallgrass Prairie."

He wrote extensively on natural history and resource conservation for Audubon, Smithsonian, National Geographic and many other publications.

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