Independent and resourceful, rabbits represent balance, rebirth, speed, fertility, resurrection, abundance, creativity, magic, and harmony. Yet they are much more than symbols, they are unique individuals with complex inner lives. In The Way of the Rabbit, Mark Hawthorne immerses himself in their world, exploring their habitats and evolution, their role in legend and literature, their place in popular culture, their fascinating biology, and, of course, their significance as household companions. It's an entertaining journey through myth and history that celebrates the rabbit's spirit, courage, friendships, and playfulness.
Mark Hawthorne has fostered numerous house rabbits, including seven he adopted. He has caught and rescued abandoned rabbits, volunteered with rabbit rescue groups, and educated people about rabbits through his published writing and public outreach. In addition to The Way of the Rabbit, Mark is the author of Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering, and A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Compassion Toward All. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Northern California.
This very informative and in-depth book about rabbits has some excellent and entertaining chapters on the rabbit in art, literature, myth, and popular culture, which I particularly enjoyed."
– Libby Joy, The Beatrix Potter Society
"Rabbits are everywhere and nowhere, often glimpsed but seldom seen for what and who they are. In The Way of the Rabbit, Mark Hawthorne gracefully helps us see our small-bodied, big-eared co-voyagers in a new light. If you love rabbits, he will deepen your understanding. If you don't love rabbits, you soon will."
– Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild: How Animals Learn to be Animals
"I was delighted from the first page to the last. From Easter Bunny origin stories to the presence of lagomorphs in literature and the arts, rabbits in popular culture come alive through Mark Hawthorne's gentle and funny prose-and even better, so does the sweetness and intelligence of real rabbits. Rabbits in nature, rabbits in the house, they're all here and exceptionally good company."
– Barbara J. King, author of Animals' Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild
"What a lovely tribute to our furry rabbit friends! Hawthorne's admiration shines through in this thorough telling of the story of Leporidae. It's an enlightening and enchanting account of an animal most of us love but, it turns out, barely know."
– Jennifer S. Holland, author of the Unlikely Friendships series