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All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - An homage to the west and to two great writers who set the standard for all who celebrate and defend it. Archetypal wild man edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. By contrast, faithful family man and devoted professor of creative writing, disciplined, Stegner, a buttoned-down, dedicated himself to working through the system to protect western sites such as Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado.

In a region beset by droughts and fires, by fracking and drilling, confronting american overconsumption, Gessner asks: how might these two farseeing environmental thinkers have responded to the crisis?Gessner takes us on an inspiring, entertaining journey as he renews his own commitment to cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild, and by an ever-growing population that seems to be in the process of loving the West to death, and fighting environmental injustice—all while reawakening the thrill of the words of his two great heroes.

All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West #ad - . Boozy, abbey was best known as the author of the novel the monkey wrench Gang and also of the classic nature memoir Desert Solitaire, lustful, and irascible, famous for spawning the idea of guerrilla actions—known to admirers as "monkeywrenching" and to law enforcement as domestic terrorism—to disrupt commercial exploitation of western lands.

Now, award-winning nature writer david gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches National Park in Utah, braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West.

These two great westerners had very different ideas about what it meant to love the land and try to care for it, and they did so in distinctly different styles.

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Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness Edward Abbey Collection

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RosettaBooks #ad - First published in 1968, desert solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. As the world continues its rapid development, Abbey’s cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book was written.

Written while abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form. Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality.

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Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

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Penguin Books #ad - From the “dean of western writers” the new york times and the pulitzer prize winning–author of angle of repose and crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner recounts the sucesses and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the Grand Canyon, a fascinating look at the old American West and the man who prophetically warned against the dangers of settling it   In Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, and the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest.

. Only now, we may recognize just how accurate a prophet he was. A prophet without honor who had a profound understanding of the American West, Powell warned long ago of the dangers economic exploitation would pose to the West and spent a good deal of his life overcoming Washington politics in getting his message across.

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The Monkey Wrench Gang Edward Abbey Series Book 2

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RosettaBooks #ad - Joining forces with bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, wilderness guide and social outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, M. D. Hayduke is ready to fight the power and take on the strip miners, dam, clear cutters, as well as the highway, and bridge builders who are threatening to destroy the natural habitat.

With the monkey wrench gang newly formed, the team sets out to destroy eyesores and protect their environment's natural beauty. It was, in fact, so influential that the term "monkey wrench" became a blanket term for any activity performed in the name of environmental preservation. About the authoredward abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927.

The Monkey Wrench Gang Edward Abbey Series Book 2 #ad - Abbey died at his home in Oracle, Arizona in 1989. This wildly funny and infinitely wise novel is among Abbey's most famous works of fiction. He took employment as a park ranger and fire lookout at several different National Parks throughout his life, experiences from which he drew for his many books. Vietnam veteran george washington Hayduke III returns home to the desert only to find his beloved canyons and rivers now threatened by industrial development.

After a brief stint in the military, Abbey completed his education at the University of New Mexico and later, at the University of Edinburgh. It was during this time that Abbey developed a love of the desert, which would shape his life and his art for the next forty years.

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The Big Rock Candy Mountain Contemporary American Fiction

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Penguin Books #ad - Drifting from town to town and from state to state, in new farmland, and, eventually, ruthless Bo seeks out his fortune—in the hotel business, the violent, in illegal rum-running through the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest. Stegner portrays more than thirty years in the life of the Mason family in this masterful, harrwoing saga of people trying to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century.

Bo mason, his wife, elsa, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair.

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Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness

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Holt Paperbacks #ad - As peacock tracks the bears, his story turns into a thrilling narrative about the breaking down of suspicion between man and beast in the wild. For nearly twenty years, alone and unarmed, author Doug Peacock traversed the rugged mountains of Montana and Wyoming tracking the magnificent grizzly. His thrilling narrative takes us into the bear's habitat, mating patterns, from hunting strategies, where we observe directly this majestic animal's behavior, and denning habits to social hierarchy and methods of communication.

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The Sound of Mountain Water: The Changing American West

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Vintage #ad - Writtten over a period of thirty-five years by a writer and thinker who will always hold a unique position in modern American letters, The Sound of Mountain Water is a modern American classic. A book of timeless importance about the American West by a National Book Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

The essays collected in this volume encompass memoir, history, geography, nature  conservation, and literature. Delving into the post-world war ii boom that brought the Rocky Mountain West—from Montana and Idaho to Utah and Nevada—into the modern age, Stegner's essays explore the essence of the American soul.

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Wilderness, The Gateway To The Soul: Spiritual Enlightenment Through Wilderness

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Wild Soul Press #ad - Here we learn who we truly are. The door is wide open. Come on in. Through his deeply poetic and wildly provocative tale of personal transformation, obligations, Scott Stillman takes us on a spiritual journey, away from a chaotic world of details, smartphones and noisy machines, to a place that is unspoiled, untamed, free.

Mostly solo, he guides us deeply into American Wilderness. Beneath all the layers, the stories, the labels, the myths. Undeniable presence. In the cracks and fissures of the Earth we uncover timeless wisdom, ancient magic, and a Gateway to the Soul. To all who wish to wander. There is heart-wrenching beauty.

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Encounters with the Archdruid: Narratives About a Conservationist and Three of His Natural Enemies

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, sometimes with reserve, in forests and rapids, sometimes with friendliness, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, sometimes fighting hard across a philosophical divide. The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

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A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There

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Oxford University Press #ad - First published in 1949 and praised in the new york times book review as "a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite, " A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land. Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature, the book includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another part that gathers informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Sonora, Iowa, Oregon, Manitoba, Arizona, and elsewhere; and a final section in which Leopold addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation.

As the forerunner of such important books as annie dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was forty years ago.

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Black Sun: A Novel Harper Perennial Modern Classics

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Harper Perennial Modern Classics #ad - Like lady chatterley’s lover, he initiates her into the rites of sex and the stark, secret harmonies of his wilderness kingdom. Then she mysteriously disappears, plunging him into desolation. Black sun is a singular novel in abbey’s repertoire, a romantic story of a solitary man’s passion for the outdoors and for a woman who is his wilderness muse.

Like most honest novels, Black Sun is partly autobiographical, mostly invention, and entirely true. Now in a harper perennial modern classics edition, from Edward Abbey, the timeless novel that chronicles a reckless romance in the wilderness, one of America’s foremost defenders of the natural environment.

Black Sun: A Novel Harper Perennial Modern Classics #ad - Black sun is a bittersweet love story involving an iconoclastic forest ranger and a freckle-faced “American princess” half his age. She, in turn, awakens in him the pleasure of love. The voice that speaks in this book is the passionate voice of the forest, ” Abbey writes, “the madness of desire, and the joy of love, and the anguish of final loss.

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