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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sensitive to the closing of a narrative, and, regardless of the strength of the rest of
the piece, will feel considerable ... Believe it or not, the closing paragraph to
Moby-Dick (not the epilogue but the closing paragraph) consists of only one short
Bass, she is adept at using the sudden, compressed, or distilled closing
paragraph to provide an effective resolution. The following are some of her
closing paragraphs: I was not prepared for the loneliness that followed. ("Whim-
brels," from ...
The first paragraph begins with these words: My bandanna is rolled on the
diagonal and retains water fairly well. ... down the Kobuk River in northwestern
Alaska — McPhee returns to this image in the closing paragraph: We drifted to
the rip, ...