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 literature it is only the wild that attracts us. In short, all good things are wild and
free. I think that [people who live in the city] deserve some credit for not having all
committed suicide long ago. Eastward I go only by force; but westward I go free.
Use a classic essay, such as Henry David Thoreau's "Wild Apples," as a
paradigm for an essay of your own. For example, if you were to choose "Wild
Apples" as a model, and you lived in Montana, you could write an essay entitled "
A few examples of these more typical closing paragraphs illustrate this point: If it's
wild to your own heart, protect it. Preserve it. Love it. And fight for it, and dedicate
yourself to it, whether it's a mountain range, your wife, your husband, or even ...