Seasons: Desert Sketches (Paperback)

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By Ellen Meloy, Annie Proulx (Foreword by)
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Desert Sketches is a collection of never before published essays by the esteemed writer Ellen Meloy. The collection is organized by the seasons and although most were written in the 90s, the themes and issues addressed are still pertinent today: animal rights, conservation, gun control and of course politics. But more importantly she writes of desert living - a place where "comfort is found in your own insignificance." Her prose is smart, mighty and cuts like a knife. She's the Nora Ephron of nature-writers. This was my first introduction to her work, but after reading this I've started reading her entire oeuvre. Whether you're a longtime fan or discovering her for the first time like myself, I implore you to read this slim but witty and gritty book. You won't regret it! — From Michelle's Picks (page 3)

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Sharp as the needles on a pinyon pine, these essays will make you rethink your view of the American West. Meloy's wise and unexpected observations are a pure delight.
--MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

The late writer and naturalist Ellen Meloy wrote and recorded a series of audio essays for KUER, NPR Utah in the 1990s. Every few months, she would travel to their Salt Lake City studios from her red rock home of Bluff to read an essay or two. With understated humor and sharp insight, Meloy would illuminate facets of human connection to nature and challenge listeners to examine the world anew. Seasons: Desert Sketches is a compilation of these essays, transcribed from their original cassette tape recordings. Whether Meloy is pondering geese in Desolation Canyon or people at the local post office, readers will delight in her signature wit and charm--and feel the pull of the desert she loves and defends. With a foreword by Annie Proulx.

ELLEN MELOY was a native of the West and lived in California, Montana, and Utah. Her book The Anthropology of Turquoise (2002) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Utah Book Award and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Award in the adventure and travel category. She is also the author of Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River (1994), The Last Cheater's Waltz: Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest (2001), and Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild (2005). Meloy spent most of her life in wild, remote places; at the time of her sudden death in November 2004 (three months after completing Eating Stone), she and her husband were living in southern Utah.

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ELLEN MELOY was a native of the West and lived in California, Montana, and Utah. Her book The Anthropology of Turquoise (2002) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Utah Book Award and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Award in the adventure and travel category. She is also the author of Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River (1994), The Last Cheater's Waltz: Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest (2001), and Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild (2005). Meloy spent most of her life in wild, remote places; at the time of her sudden death in November 2004 (three months after completing Eating Stone), she and her husband were living in southern Utah.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781948814010
ISBN-10: 1948814013
Publisher: Torrey House Press
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 100
Language: English