Gail Hudson

Gail Hudson

For the past 20 years Gail has worked in the publishing industry as a freelance writer as well as a newspaper and magazine editor. Her features and personal essays about natural health, spiritual growth, and parenting have appeared in numerous publications, including Self, Utne, Natural Health, Parents, Body & Soul, and Good Housekeeping. For many years Gail was Spirituality Editor at, writing book reviews and interviewing authors for the website.

Her books include an anthology of personal essays for Seal Press titled I Wanna Be Sedated: 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers, published in April 2005. Gail teaches classes and workshops on personal narrative and memoir writing. She is also a writing coach for numerous book writers. She lives with her husband and two children in the Seattle area.

Seeds of Hope

Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants

Grand Central Publishing, 2013

Renowned naturalist and bestselling author Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world.

In her wise and elegant new book, Jane Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall's passion for the natural world sprouted in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree and made elderberry wine with her grandmother. The garden her family began then, she continues to enjoy today.

SEEDS OF HOPE takes us from England to Goodall's home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved. She shows us the secret world of plants with all their mysteries and potential for healing our bodies as well as Planet Earth.

Looking at the world as an adventurer, scientist, and devotee of sustainable foods and gardening-and setting forth simple goals we can all take to protect the plants around us-Jane Goodall delivers an enlightening story of the wonders we can find in our own backyards.

Hope for Animals and Their World

How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink

By Jane Goodall with Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson

Grand Central Publishing, 2009

At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall—along with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard and co-author Gail Hudson—shares fascinating survival stories about the American Crocodile, the California Condor, the Black-Footed Ferret, and more; all formerly endangered species and species once on the verge of extinction whose populations are now being restored in the wild. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, Hope for Animals and Their World presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence.

Harvest for Hope

A Guide to Mindful Eating

By Jane Goodall with Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson

Warner Books, 2005

For anyone who's ever wanted to know how to take a stand for a more sustainable world, renowned scientist and bestselling author Jane Goodall, with co-authors Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson, delivers an eye-opening call to arms that explores the social and personal significance of what we eat.

In Harvest for Hope, Goodall presents an empowering and far-reaching vision for social and environmental transformation through the way we produce and consume food. With practical, user-friendly chapters—such as "Doing Our Part: Help Farm Animals Live Better Lives," "An Organic Wave Worldwide," and "Eat Local, Eat Seasonal"—and a comprehensive resource guide, readers will discover the dangers behind many of today's foods, along with the extraordinary individual and worldwide benefits of eating mindfully. Harvest for Hope uncovers the choices that support the greater good and will preserve our own health and that of future generations.

I Wanna Be Sedated

30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers

Co-edited with Faith Conlon

Seal Press, 2005

Teenagers: they roam in packs, mope silently in their rooms, sneak out, talk back, sneer, yell, roll their eyes, and think their parents just might be the dumbest creatures on Earth. Raising a teen is perhaps the most challenging phase of childrearing, a time when kids push every known hot button and wreak havoc with carefully thought-out parenting strategies. I Wanna Be Sedated brings a sense of humor and perspective to some of the deepest worries of parents. Joyce Maynard explores the house rules for boy-girl sleepovers in "The Girlfriend Sleeps Over," Dan Glick writes about drug dilemmas in "I Definitely Inhaled." Debra Gwartney speaks candidly about every parent's worst nightmare in "Runaway Daughter." And, Anna Quindlen reflects upon her rapidly emptying nest in "Flown Away, Left Behind." Featuring dynamic, top-caliber writing, this delightful collection speaks to the challenging, exhilarating, and occasionally mind-blowing task of parenting teenagers.


Pocket Books, 1997

When kids fight, it's stressful for the entire family. But it's also an opportunity to learn how children handle conflict and to teach them essential problem-solving skills. Packed with proven success strategies and research-based information, Child Magazine's Guide to Quarreling puts professional advice in your hands and offers guidelines to help you: * Prevent the five most common sibling/step-sibling conflicts * Encourage your child's understanding of angry feelings through play and talk * Help your child translate rage into words * Strengthen your child's emotional intelligence -- a factor in conflict management * Teach your child how to build successful friendships With the time-tested approaches discussed in Child Magazine's Guide to Quarreling, you can predict trouble spots, curb unnecessary fights -- and, best of all, give your children the invaluable skills for peaceful and successful conflict resolution.

Hope for Animals and Their World
How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink

Publishers Weekly
With the resurgence of red wolves and California condors, there is good news on the species front, as chronicled in this collection of success stories by renowned chimp researcher Jane Goodall. Section one recounts the revival of six mammal and bird species, including Mongolian miniature horses and Australian wallabies, that became extinct in the wild but are being reintroduced to their natural habitat through captive breeding. Section two describes efforts to bring species back from near extinction, among them Brazil's golden lion tamarin and the North American whooping crane. Section three details continuing efforts to preserve 11 species, including the giant pandas of China, whose bamboo diet is disappearing, and the Asian vultures of India, whose "disastrous population drop"-- from a reported 87 million birds to 27 breeding pairs in 2006 -- has led to a dramatic rise in disease incubated by putrefying cattle carcasses once scavenged by the carrion-loving birds. Goodall is no Pollyanna about species reclamation -- she acknowledges that there have been more losses than gains -- but these accounts of conservation success are inspirational.

Kirkus Reviews
A heartening collection of conservation success stories from world-renowned primatologist Goodall (Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, 2005, etc.)...Writing with warmth and good humor, the author presents a cornucopia of stories about people and groups who have worked tirelessly-and often against great odds-to save or help in the recovery of more than two-dozen animal species on the brink of extinction. Based on in-person conversations with biologists and others, her chatty accounts paint a vivid picture of how captive breeding and other initiatives by passionate individuals, governments and NGOs have brought back species nearly decimated by development, hunting, pollution and other human activities...An upbeat compendium that will energize both hands-on and armchair conservationists.

Harvest for Hope

"If you want to be newly awakened to the joy of eating, to the miracle of food, and to the power each of us has by the way we live our lives, do yourself a favor. Get a copy of HARVEST FOR HOPE. I promise you: your life will change in countless ways, all of them for the better...One of those rare truly great books that can change the world."


"In HARVEST FOR HOPE, Jane Goodall convinces us that we should have a new relationship with food, one that is inspiring and delicious, at the same time a preservation of tradition and an act of conservation."


"I love this book! Jane Goodall's generous, playful spirit imbues every fascinating age. HARVEST FOR HOPE is full of mind-expanding observations. . . a personal, tender wake-up call telling us that we can reclaim the wisdom of our bodies."


"That Jane Goodall feels called to bring her life as a zoologist in Africa to bare on the state of food in the world, shows that regardless of what we've done in our lives, what we choose to eat matters. And how. Thankfully, HARVEST FOR HOPE points to the actions we can take to correct the imbalances. But it starts where it must, by making us conscious beings, for ultimately, environmental transformation can't exist outside of personal transformation. If you haven't thought much about the food you eat and the choices you make (and even if you have), this is an important book to read!"


"A lucid, anecdote-filled introduction to the world of food, revealing how our food production affects us and how our choices affect the environment. . . Consider this book the shopping list for you and your children's future."


"Thrice a day you get the chance to change the planet. You can change it in significant ways, if you follow just some of this book's wise advice."


"Persuasive...jargon-free and anecdote-rich approach makes it a useful primer for grassroots activists."— Publishers Weekly

I Wanna Be Sedated

From Kirkus
"For parents of teenagers, an edifying collection that reassures them that (a) they are not alone and (b) this, too, shall pass. The [book] is both entertaining and illuminating, a tough, funny, sometimes painful series of tales that focus on the special challenges of parenting [teenagers]. An entertaining resource for parents of teens and parents of younger children who want to know what to expect in the years to come."

From Laura Kastner, author of The Seven Year Stretch and The Launching Years.
"This collection offer more wisdom and hilarity than any advice book ever could. Although the specifics vary, the awe of watching beloved babies transform themselves into unique individuals during adolescence is riveting in every essay."

From Chicago Parent, Jennifer Burlow
"When it's too late in the evening to call someone to commiserate about your teen's latest escapade, pick up I Wanna Be Sedated. It's just like sharing stories with your friends. Editors Faith Conlon and Gail Hudson have done a marvelous job of compiling an engaging collection of essays about life with teenagers written by some of our most talented writers. Dave Barry checks in with "Warning: An American Teenager is Loose in Europe" about how our favorite know-it-alls don't really know it all. And I sure wish I could write as eloquently to my girls as Barbara Kingsolver does to her daughter in "Letter to a Daughter at Thirteen." The other selections are just as riveting and witty."

From The Baltimore Sun, Susan Reimer
"I don't know about you, but when my children are getting the best of me, the last thing I want to do is read a self-help book on how to raise teenagers without letting them get the best of you. What I want to do is call up a friend, complain bitterly, make all sorts of threats that I probably will not carry out (if my kids are lucky) and then hang up the phone, feeling better for having vented.

Now there is an advice-free book to read when your best friend's line is busy. [I Wanna be Sedated] is a collection of essays, many of them very funny, from parents who have it worse than you have it. There is nothing like someone else's train wreck of a life to make you feel better about your own... This collection of essays captures the range of feelings in the roller coaster world of raising teens - from intense love to irrational anger - in the words of men and women who have lived this life and survived to tell the tale. Between its pages are friends you can call on anytime."

Big Apple Parent, Judy Antell
"Whether or not you have a teenager, you will relate to I Wanna Be Sedated: 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers. This book has laugh-out-loud essays from writers across the country, [with] fathers writing about daughters, mothers about sons, mothers about daughters, etc. W. Bruce Cameron, in the "Teenager Owner's Manual" writes that "when you first receive your teenage daughter you will experience a high level of discomfort. Gradually this discomfort will subside and you will merely feel traumatized." Several of the stories lament the change from being the center of a child's universe to a point where, as Irene Hopkins relates in "The Seven Circles of Hormone Hell": "I can actually embarrass her when there is no one in the room but the two of us." –

From Valley Kids, Jennifer Margulis
"I Wanna Be Sedated is a gem. Besides, what's handier than a book of short stories to read by the penlight you keep at the side of the bed while you wait up for your curfew-breaking teenager? I suggest investing in two copies: one for yourself and another for your kid. Just don't tell him you bought it. Pretend instead that it was a gift of the gods, which is what this book is."

Gail's literary agent is:

Mary Ann Naples
The Creative Culture
72 Spring Street, Suite 304
New York, NY 10012
(212) 680-3510