The Puma Years: A Memoir of Love and Transformation in the Bolivian Jungle

The Puma Years: A Memoir of Love and Transformation in the Bolivian Jungle

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In this rapturous memoir, writer and activist Laura Coleman shares the story of her liberating journey in the Amazon jungle and falling in love with a magnificent cat who changed her life.

Laura was in her early twenties and directionless when she quit her job to backpack in Bolivia. Fate landed her at a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of the Amazon jungle where she was assigned to a beautiful and complex puma named Wayra. Wide-eyed, inexperienced, and comically terrified, Laura made the scrappy, make-do camp her home. And in Wayra, she made a friend for life.

They weren’t alone, not with over a hundred quirky animals to care for, each lost and hurt in its own way: a pair of suicidal, bra-stealing monkeys, a frustrated parrot desperate to fly, and a pig with a wicked sense of humor. The humans, too, were cause for laughter and tears. There were animal whisperers, committed staff, wildly devoted volunteers, handsome heartbreakers, and a machete-wielding prom queen who carried Laura through. Most of all, there were the jungle—lyrical and alive—and Wayra, who would ultimately teach Laura so much about love, healing, and the person she was capable of becoming.

Set against a turbulent and poignant backdrop of deforestation, the illegal pet trade, and forest fires, The Puma Years explores what happens when two desperate creatures in need of rescue find one another.

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  • Desney King

    I am almost 70 years old and I have never read a book like this before: a novel-length love poem for and about the Earth (Pachamama), all her creatures, and the vastness of the universe.Laura Coleman ...

  • Regan

    Unbelievable This is an incredible story of a woman who had drifted from one job to another and decided to backpack through Bolivia. While there, she saw a flier to volunteer at a wild animal rescue. ...

  • Jo_Scho_Reads

    A wonderful & exceptionally moving memoir about Laura Coleman’s time at a wildlife sanctuary in Bolivia, focusing especially on the relationship she had with an originally much neglected and mistrea...

  • Jola

    Review to come....

  • Mary

    Unmoored, the author arrives at a Bolivian animal sanctuary for a month long stint in helping the animals. She first works with the pias who peck at her and remove almost all buttons from her clothes....

  • S.G. Wright

    This is a great, eye-opening read ... about a 24-year-old girl who in 2007 spent a year as a volunteer taking care & protecting wildlife at a Bolivian animal sanctuary, which rescues animals that have...

  • Jon Cassidy

    I've spent time at the same CIWY animal sanctuary in Bolivia, it's always been hard to explain to friends back home the impact this place and experience can have on you. This book does it perfectly, b...

  • Merry

    One of my favorite books of all times! The Puma Years is a memoir written by a young British woman who found herself at loose ends as she drifted from job to job, not knowing what she wanted to do wit...

  • M

    "When the last tree is cut, when the last animal is hunted, when the last river is polluted, it will be then that man will realize that money cannot be eaten..."Excellent book. Beautifully written.Eve...

  • C A Gentle

    I got this book free from Amazon First Reads. I chose this book as I liked the idea of reading something completely different. I found it an amazing read. I loved reading the author's story - how she ...