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Hob Osterlund

Hob Osterlund is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Explorer, The New York Times, Nature, and more. As Founder of the Kauai Albatross Network, she serves as Habitat Liaison for private property owners who host Laysan albatross, an iconic species that’s begun to repopulate its ancient home in the Hawaiian Islands. She lives on Kauai with her partner.


Holy Mōlī: Albatross and Other Ancestors
Holy Mōlī  is the story of how an albatross guided the author on her own long journey, retracing distances and decades, back to the origins of a bargain she struck when she was ten years old. It is a natural history of the albatross, a moving memoir of grief, and a soaring tribute to ancestors. Within its pages are lyrics of wonder—for freedom, for beauty, and for the far-flung feathered creatures known as albatross.


 “Who knew I could fall in love with a bird called the albatross? Hob Osterlund did, that?s who. And in Holy Moli she?ll make you fall in love with them—and her—too, in this moving and fascinating book about birds, loss, and finding a true home in the world.” —Cheryl Strayed, Author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“Hob Osterlund is a witness to beauty. Her words ground that sacred witnessing on the page with joyous revelations, not without sorrow. The full range of emotion is hers. I look forward to her ongoing relationship of wonder with the albatross.” —Terry Tempest Williams, Author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

"I love Hob’s writing. Her stories are delightful, entertaining and intimate. Because of her rare ability to take us inside the lives of these amazing birds, the albatross may fly onto center stage among charismatic animals, just as penguins did a few years ago.” —Stacey O’Brien, Author of New York Times bestseller Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

“Holy Moli is a remarkable story of observation and healing, of loss and adaptation, of curiosity and wisdom. From the early death of her mother to her present-day role as citizen scientist, Hob Osterlund takes us on fascinating journeys into her family’s past and the daily life of albatross colonies on Kauai. Her affection for these extraordinary birds makes this book a winner. I loved every page.” —Hope Edelman, Author of Motherless DaughtersL



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