This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir

Abdou, Angie

  • “Through the story of facing her fears, Abdou shows us that we are much stronger than we think.” — Jowita Bydlowska, author of Drunk Mom

    This personal memoir of self-discovery tackles the problems of modern parenting in a digital age

    Disillusioned with overly competitive organized sports and concerned about her lively daughter’s growing shyness, author Angie Abdou sets herself a challenge: to hike a peak a week over the summer holidays with Katie. They will bond in nature and discover the glories of outdoor activity. What could go wrong? Well, among other things, it turns out that Angie loves hiking but Katie doesn’t.

    Hilarious, poignant, and deeply felt, This One Wild Life explores parenting and marriage in a summer of unexpected outcomes and growth for both mother and daughter.


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  • Angie Abdou is the author of five novels and a memoir of hockey parenting, Home Ice. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a CBC Canada Reads finalist and was awarded the 2011–12 MacEwan Book of the Year. Angie is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. She lives in Fernie, B.C., with her family and two beloved but unruly dogs.

  • Published: April 2021

    ISBN: 9781770416000

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 248

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“This memoir is unlike any other; through the story of facing her fears, Abdou shows us that we are much stronger than we think.” — Jowita Bydlowska, author of Drunk Mom

“In this brave and intimate 21st century memoir, Abdou negotiates the whipsawing tensions between motherhood, selfhood, marriage, and public life in an age when secrets have never been harder to keep, social media can be a truth-teller’s harshest critic, and not even Nature can be counted on for sanctuary.” — John Valliant

“To be worth reading, a successful memoir must offer readers more than a focused look at a slice of the author’s life … Abdou is a complex, multi-talented person with her share of quirks and hang-ups. But, more importantly, she is a thoughtful person, and a time spent with her will certainly offer much to ponder for equally thoughtful readers.” — Sport Literature Association

“Without a doubt, This One Wild Life is Angie’s most intimate memoir yet.” —

“This one by B.C. writer Abdou tackles parenting and motherhood head on.” — Toronto Star

“I love her writing, which is always visceral and unflinching … Angie’s most recent memoir, This One Wild Life, is billed as a memoir about a mother and daughter hiking in the wilderness, but really it's about so much more … Reading this memoir is like spending time with Angie and having a long talk about social media, about parenting, about marriage, about being true to yourself and about balancing it all in the age of rage. It's a very quick read — unputdownable as they say — and I am sure you are going to love it.” — Deryn Collier's monthly newsletter

“This funny and poignant memoir explores parenting, marriage, and mother-daughter bonding, while examining the effects of social media, the benefits of outdoor activity, and much more.” — Prairie Books Now

“Reading this memoir about a mother and daughter forging connections with the wilderness — and each other — is like going forest bathing: it will leave you feeling refreshed and restored, with a big smile on your face. This One Wild Life is written with great honesty, insight, and love. Nature needs more friends (and mothers) like Angie Abdou!” — Marni Jackson, author of The Mother Zone

“Anyone who has ever been pushed to do something outdoorsy because it was good for them — or who has been the parent doing the pushing — will find this sweet tale on the growing and changing parental relationship all too familiar.” — ELLE Canada

This One Wild Life is an absolutely heartwarming love letter to the beautiful, if sometimes bumpy, paths that lead into the outdoors — and to the profound connections that arise within a family that walks, between a hiker and their trail, and within a person themselves.” — Harley Rustad

This One Wild Life isn't a single trip on a clearly defined path. It's a series of journeys, including false starts and wild goose chases, to a destination that is more felt than seen.” — Winnipeg Free Press

This One Wild Life will engage those attracted to familial dynamics, environmental adventure, place-based literature, and writing about writing. Readers in search of signposts to balance in the bewildering 21st Century we inhibit might also want to take the journey with Angie Abdou.” — Ormsby Review

“An inherently fascinating, absorbing, entertaining, deftly written, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from cover-to-cover, This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college and university library Contemporary American Biography collections.” — Midwest Book Review