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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Rick Bass's first book, for example, is presented by the publisher in the cover
notes as a "series of skillful, easy sketches" or "essays" on "the deer pasture," a
family deer hunting ranch in Texas. The individual pieces, though, are most often
("The Deer Pasture," from The Deer Pasture) Grandmother Robson makes the
best fried chicken in the world. ("The Day Before," from The Deer Pasture) Ever
brush your teeth with Ben-Gay? Wake up with a terrified armadillo in your
("Spring," from The Deer Pasture) In camp that night, I was the happiest I'd been
yet on the trip, without really being able to define it. It was a new-start kind of
happy. A Texas Hill Country deer hunting sort of happy. A third day in deer camp