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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... is like wild horses in a canyon, going sure-footed away from the smell of a
cougar come to them faintly on the wind. ... long drought has brought new life to
the canyon even as it has reinvi- gorated the imagination of the artist who lives
Abbey has spent five weeks living by himself at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
What at first seemed an Edenic paradise has turned into a solipsistic hell: "I lived
narcotic hours in which like the Taoist Chuang-tse I worried about butterflies and
walk is that Abbey becomes trapped in a side canyon, symbolic of the
penultimate trap of solipsism, and fears, through internal monologue, that he will
die there: "After the first wave of utter panic had passed I began to try to think.
First of all I ...