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The Wild Silence: A Memoir by Raynor Winn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143136422
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Published: Penguin Books - April 6th, 2021

This is the perfect sequel for arguably one of my all time favorite memoirs The Salt Path.
What I love about “Wild Silence” is the juxtaposition of the intimate setting of the farm that Raynor & Moth take on to rescue and re-wild and the big “jaunt” across Iceland and how both projects create such a dramatic response physically and emotionally in Raynor, Winn and the reader. I also love that Raynor’s writing is scholarly without being academic, sympathetic without self pity. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

The Glass Castle tells the true story of a deeply dysfunctional family and the trials and tribulations that each of the four children endured at the hands of their parents. This is a memoir about resilience, forgiveness, love, and overcoming adversity when all odds are against you. Jeannette recalls the good, the bad, the dangerous, the ugly, and the occasionally wholesome moments she and her family shared in a way that will make you simultaneously heartstruck and hopeful- A stunning read. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781954118003
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 6th, 2021

Catherine Raven sought isolation in southwestern Montana only to have her solitude disrupted by the regular visits of a bold and curious fox. This exemplary debut raises questions about our relationship to wild creatures and the natural world. An eye-opening and mind-broadening memoir and amazingly assured work of nature literature. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond by Larry McMurtry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780684870199
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2001

Besides having one of the truly great titles, this book is a compelling, hilarious, deeply considered personal essay about, among other things, storytelling, reading, bookselling, the frontier, and myth. One of the last writers to have had contact with first generation pioneers, McMurtry sets out to not “write autobiography but to describe the distance that separated [him] from the European writers” he spent his life reading. Along the way, he shares his childhood fear of chickens and of the old mute neighbor who had been sold as a girl for a winter’s catch of skunk hides. Written by a book lover for other book lovers, there are wonders on almost every page: the day he was drinking lime Pepsi reading the German essayist at the Dairy Queen was also the day of Archer County’s historical pageant directed by a man on the "lowest rung of thespianism"--dramatizing the history of little towns in historical pageants across the country. "His lot was hard." ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears by Bjorn Dihle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781680513097
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Published: Mountaineers Books - March 1st, 2021

Bjorn Dihle grew up in the vicinity of Admiralty Island in Alaska - a place that I will never experience a walk through. A place that I would identify on a map as Grizzly Land. His exceptional memoir portrays many personal encounters with the great brown bears of Alaska. But the book is much more than this. Through his educational narrative - whether as a solo hiker for weeks through some of the wildest lands on earth, as tourist guide, hunter or historian - readers vicariously experience the rich and unique ecosystems that comprise this majestic region and what it would be like to wake in the darkness of your tent to the howl of wolves or the cracking sound of a salmon's skull between a bear's jaw. And what have some of the most experienced woodsmen employed to walk away with their very lives when confronted with an agitated 1500 pound grizzly? Simple, gentle phrases. "I am here." "I am sorry." "I am leaving." "Thank you for not killing me." ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781571311801
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 8th, 2021

Absolutely tremendous! A nature diary by a young man who writes so entirely from the heart, and reminds us of the joy to be found in the everyday awe that nature gifts us. I can't recommend this book enough! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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