*A Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year*

In this exhilarating work, Barbara Hurd explores some of the most extraordinary places on earth, from sacred caves in India to secret caves in Arizona. With passionately informed prose, Hurd makes these strange dark spaces come to light, illuminating the natural history and spiritual territory of caves as powerfully as Kathleen Norris portrayed the Dakotas. ENTERING THE STONE provides an awe-inducing tour through a fragile and beautiful subterranean world.


Barbara Hurd’s previous books are STIRRING THE MUD (Beacon Press, 2001; a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001), and WALKING THE WRACK LINE (University of Georgia Press, 2008). Her essays have appeared in Best American Essays, The Yale Review, and Orion. The recipient of a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award and Pushcart Prizes in 2004 and 2007, Barbara Hurd teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.