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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Peter Matthiessen frequently employed these openings in his fast-paced
narrative The Snow Leopard, as in this opening paragraph for "October 1": The
monsoon rains continue all night long, and in the morning it is cool and cloudy.
Along the ...
Like all writers, nature essayists employ symbols in their work, as when Peter
Matthiessen uses the snow leopard in his work by the same name to symbolize
his dead wife, or Edward Abbey uses the desert in Desert Solitaire to symbolize
work The Snow Leopard, which was enriched by the inclusion of his traveling
companion George Schaller (perhaps the finest zoologist of the century) and the
memory of his departed wife, as symbolized in the elusive snow leopard. Another