“Hildebrand is a rare and gifted writer—a reporter who notices essences in nature and people, and a master storyteller who then hones journalism to literature. He leads without pushing, emotes without gushing, chums readers with scraps of information yet leaves them sated. These essays are captivating and timeless. Drop everything and read them.
Ted Williams, editor-at-large, Audubon
“Hildebrand writes in a voice remarkable for its masterful balance of clairty and grace. These are hard-won stories marked by moments of startling humanity, plain good humor, and, running always beneath the surface, glinting when you least expect it, a steely drive for the truth of the matter.”
Michael Perry, author of Population: 485
"John Hildebrand is one of our most reliable and essential witnesses—an essayist of that most daring sort that sets forth on a sea of words, relying on language to keep afloat his searches in the natural and interior worlds. In A Northern Front his luminous testimony rings true."
Thomas Lynch, poet and author of The Undertaking
“John Hildebrand is one of the finest essays in America. A Northern Front reminds me of the great collections of Aldo Leopold, Edward Hoagland, and Sigurd Olson. From the forests and rivers of the Upper Midwest to the North Slope of Alaska, Hildebrand gets it all exactly right, celebrating our dwindling and endangered wilderness with passion, humor, and originality.”
Howard Frank Mosher, author of North Country and Where the Rivers Flow North