The Sierra Club Nature Writing Handbook: A Creative Guide
This newest volume in the Sierra Club's acclaimed The series includes autobiographical writings, essays, short stories, and poetry that communicate a passion for nature which enhances our appreciation of a wide range of landscapes and wildlife. Diverse in mood and setting, the nineteen selections, including seven in print for the first time, represent the best of the genre.
Readers will delight in Chip Rawlins's memoir of life in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, Dan O'Brien's tale of falconry on the Great Plains, David Rains Wallace's exploration of the Darien, Barry Lopez's essay on the coral reefs of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and Marybeth Holleman's evocative essay on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.
Other contributors are Rick Bass, SueEllen Campbell, Lisa Couturier, John Daniel, Jan Grover, Penny Harter, Adele Ne Jame, Homer Kizer, W. S. Merwin, David Petersen, April N. Rieveschl, Alianor True, Louise Wagenknecht, and Terry Tempest Williams.
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To help you get started, here is a word picture of the month of September in
northern Alaska from my book Out Among the Wolves (1993): September is a
time of rapid change on the Alaskan tundra, as the first strong arctic fronts sweep
in from ...
In his essay "The Stickeen River" (from Travels in Alaska) John Muir relates,
among other things, the account of how he and a missionary named Young
undertook a hike of around fourteen miles near Glenora in coastal British
Coming into the Country. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1977; New York:
Bantam, 1979. Marshall, Robert. Alaska Wilderness. Berkeley: University of
California Press, 1956, 1970. Matthiessen, Peter. Sand Rivers. New York: Viking,