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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They form, to use a metaphor, the airport from which I depart and the airport at
which I will land. The outline then becomes a sort of flight plan from which I
ordinarily deviate very little. In this book, for example, I wrote Chapter One (The
William Shakespeare, for example, wrote his 1611 play The Tempest after
reading the report of an expedition to Virginia becoming marooned on the
Bermuda Islands in 1609. Several of Shakespeare's lines strongly echo the prose
of William ...
Similarly, John Steinbeck wrote his novel The Grapes of Wrath, a novel in which
nature is very much the central character, only after having spent six months in
the California camps where the displaced Oklahoma farmers lived. During that ...