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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The civilized nations — Greece, Rome, England — have been sustained by the
primitive forests which anciently rotted where they stand. ... To preserve wild
animals implies generally the creation of a forest for them to dwell in or resort to.
He was waiting until the officer reached the sunlit place where the first trees of the
pine forest joined the green slope of the meadow. He could feel his heart beating
against the pine needle floor of the forest. Here again we see the protagonist ...
There it was, the State of Maine, which we had seen on the map, but not much
like that, — immeasurable forest for the sun to shine on, that eastern stuff we hear
of in Massachusetts. No clearing, no house. It did not look as if a solitary traveler