Winter Creek is John Daniel’s disarmingly honest story of his restless, rootless, disaffected youth, looking for meaning in drugs and an active outdoor life in the West. From time spent fishing, climbing, and making a living logging—as well as through friendships with writers including William Stafford and Wallace Stegner—Daniel developed a personal and artistic ethos based on a long view of evolution and the glory of living with one’s senses and an open mind.
Daniel also speaks for the need to value small farmers and ranchers—“authentic human communities” that are as threatened as the plants and animals environmentalists strive to protect.
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Praise and Prizes
“John Daniel’s voice is perfectly modulated, his judgments restrained, his sense of self dead level. This approach, together with Daniel’s lyric sensibility, makes this contour map of one writer’s evolution wonderfully engaging.”
“Deeply felt . . . Unpretentious . . . John Daniel simply but persuasively argues that the natural world remains our essential source, wherever we live, with a unique power to elicit our more authentic selves.”
“‘It is enough, it is plenty, to be a small parcel of Nature’s becoming,’ writes John Daniel. In this reflective and polished text, he has very much insinuated himself into the process.”
“Vivid and thoughtful . . . As a credo, the book is moving.”