Magda’s childhood in 1960s Uruguay is one of small pleasures. But as she grows up, her government increasingly turns on its own people in both subtle and overt acts of terror, and soon her family and friends come under threat. So after a year abroad, Magda makes a fateful decision: to join the underground struggle against the government.
Cassie has always wanted a dog, more than anything in the world, but her mother has always refused. Then, one day, her dream cautiously sniffs its way into her yard and into her life. But quickly Cassie learns that Toklata, as she names her new friend, is a big responsibility—and that he may not be a sled dog at all but an Arctic wolf!
In this book, the author describes locales that are dear to her because they are still shaped by nature: Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy; Provincetown, Massachusetts; Tucson, Arizona; and Poamoho, Hawaii. The farther we remove ourselves from wild settings, she argues, the farther we are removed from our spiritual centers.
These poems explore the territory of longing and loss, love and family, wild land and city street. With nods to Johannes Brahms and Joseph Haydn, Pablo Neruda, Theodore Roethke, and Christopher Smart, this collection tells of a passion for being in the world, a desire to make meaningful contact with the sensuous, both natural and human.
In this book, the author tells the story of his family’s homestead in the Great Basin, a ranch worked by horses when he was a boy and transformed into an agribusiness by the time he was a grown man. Recounting his life as farmer and writer, he advocates for a new set of radical stories about the West, stories to foster compassion and caretaking.
Here the author recalls the stories and experiences that have guided him as a writer, and speaks on behalf of a life rooted in the commonplace. Emerging from his work is the conviction that moments of interaction with the nonhuman world restore the sanity and courage needed to address the griefs of the human community.
Elizabeth is the newest member of the big and boisterous Sheridan family. They try to make her feel at home, but Elizabeth knows from previous experience in foster homes that one day she’ll be sent away. Now all the Sheridan kids are headed to the beach for a vacation at their grandmother’s house. Will Elizabeth’s attitude ruin everyone’s vacation?
A creature almost mythic, Colter—the brown dog of the Yaak—charges through mountain valleys following the scent of game. In this book, the author gives a history of his years with Colter—including vignettes about interactions with well-known writers—as a way of understanding what is intuitive in himself and his quest to create art.
An award-winning poet, a mother, a lover of the land and every creature in it, as well as a student of zoology, the author is at home in the vocabulary of nature. In this work of prose punctuated and intensified by poetry, she describes the genesis of her most admired verse and reveals how and why she writes.