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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In the hands of an accomplished writer, however, the effect of such literary
devices as metaphors and similes can be dazzling, as in this passage from Barry
Lopez's fine essay "Drought:" The river has come back to fit between its banks. To
The forest looked like a firm grass sward, and the effect of these lakes in its midst
has been well compared, by one who has since visited this same spot, to that of a
"mirror broken into a thousand fragments, and wildly scattered over the grass, ...
For example, Dr. Chris Servheen, the federal biologist who oversees all grizzlies
in the Lower 48, believed that the genetic effects of interbreeding would doom the
"island population" of grizzlies in the South San Juans. He later published a ...