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Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout

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Awards

Staff Pick

Every summer Philip Connors runs away from home. He spends half the year in a remote fire lookout savoring the solitude and the joy of monotasking. His wonderful book, Fire Season, will make you want to quit your job, sell the house, and find your own little piece of wilderness. You've been warned.
Recommended by Shawn D., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

For a decade Philip Connors has spent nearly half of each year in a 7' x 7' fire lookout tower, 10,000 feet above sea level, keeping watch over one of the most fire-prone forests in America. Fire Season is his remarkable reflection on work, untamed fire, our place in the wild, and the charms of solitude. Written with narrative verve and startling beauty, and filled with heartfelt reflections on his literary forebears who also served as "freaks on the peaks" — among them Edward Abbey, Jack Kerouac, and Norman Maclean — Fire Season is a book to stand the test of time.

Review:

"Fire Season is enlightening and well-informed...and Philip Connors is a most welcome new voice." Barry Lopez

Review:

"[R]eading this book is like taking a vacation in beautiful scenery with an observant and clever guide. So relax and enjoy." Associated Press

Review:

"Philip Connors has crafted a book illumined by the gob-smacked, wide-eyed, inquisitional wonder at creation....Fire Season is for pilgrims, pedestrians, hikers and anchorites, city dwellers, and solitary sorts: a treat for the senses, fit for the long haul. Bravo!" Thomas Lynch, author of The Undertaking

Review:

"In an age of relentless connectivity, Philip Connors is a conscientious objector. His adventures in radical solitude make for profoundly absorbing, restorative reading. The soul that learns to keep its own company, this book reminds us, can never be alone." Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air

Review:

"[R]uminative, lyrical, occasionally suspenseful....[Fire Season] bristles with the narrative energy and descriptive precision of Annie Dillard and dovetails between elegiac introspection and a history of [Connor's] curious and lonely occupation." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An excellent, informative, and delightful book." Annie Proulx

Review:

"[C]harming....[Connors is] a careful observer delighting in nature and aware of what threatens it." Bloomberg News

Review:

"[R]ife with breathtaking moments....[T]o turn the last page of Fire Season is to emerge from a journey that enlightens and leaves the reader hungry for more." Denver Post

Review:

"Entertaining and informative....Connors mixes natural, personal, and literary history in this remarkable narrative." New West

Review:

"This book captures all that is grand about our western wilderness." Vail Daily

Review:

"For those lacking the freedom, gumption or plain will power to taste such a romantic life for themselves, simply reading Connors' account sure is fun." Deseret News

Review:

"Philip Connors is the typical run-of-the-mill U.S. Forest Service employee. Except, you know, he can write like hell....This book is great, like Norman-Maclean-'Young-Men-and-Fire' great." Mountain Gazette

Review:

"A clear overview of America's shifting attitude toward its own wilderness....[H]is affection is catching." Portland Mercury

Review:

"[A] finely, wryly, at times poetically wrought first book....Connors has succeeded in weaving many stories into one [and has found] a voice and new literary life in arid terrain where I, for one, had suspected there was little new life to be found." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A] fascinating personal narrative...and a poetic tribute to solitude and the natural world." Paris Review Daily

Review:

"[T]his is modern nature writing at its very finest." Daily Beast

Review:

"[A]n exultant take on the natural world....[Connors] describes his lookoutry with understated exuberance, an engaging and measured enthusiasm for being alone in a beautiful place." Nina MacLaughlin, Bookslut

Review:

"Compelling and introspective, Fire Season lingers like a good poem." New Mexico Magazine

Review:

"[A]n engaging and highly readable mix of wilderness reflection, ode to solitude, and reasoned assault on forestry techniques." AARP Magazine

Review:

"Print journalist and fire lookout: When it comes to paying jobs, Connors has a death wish, but he has made the very best of it." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"What a wonderful book. Philip Connors went up to the mountaintop to serve as a lookout — and he has come down with a masterwork of close observation, deep reflection, and hard-won wisdom. This is an unforgettable reckoning with the American land." Philip Gourevitch

Review:

"This is a book for all nature lovers, and more importantly, those who fail to see the beauty of the natural world. Connors' prose is so mesmerizing, so enthralling, that even the most committed city dweller will be tempted to head for a remote, quiet destination." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Review:

"[A] fascinating, pyro-charged reflection....For a man so drawn to solitude, Connors has a particular knack for writing characters....[Fire Season] proves a nifty way to shake off the last of winter's cold." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"Fascinating....Connors' narrative is crisp and accessible." The Tucson Citizen

Review:

"[A] lyrical, masterly debut from a first-class writer." Men's Journal

Review:

"A fine prose stylist with a splendid eye for detail, Connors allows his readers to see the natural beauty he witnesses....All lovers of nature will understand the allure and wonder that Connors so gracefully describes." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"[E]ngaging....[Connors] sends thoughtful word from deep in the wilderness." Seattle Times

Review:

"[A] poetic, thoroughly researched, thrilling account of [Connors'] job as a fire lookout....[I]lluminates the joys of solitude and the complicated nature of life in a volatile, untamable environment." Booklist

Review:

"[A] compelling study of isolation, wildness, and 'a vocation in its twilight'." The New Yorker

Review:

"[A] stunning gift of a memoir....[A] profound (and at times hilariously profane) perspective on the relationship between humans and the earth....Passionate and funny, Fire Season is an exciting new addition to the canon of American nature writing." BookPage

Review:

"[A] quietly moving love letter to a singular place. By the last page, I wanted to hike up to the tower, sip some whiskey with him and just look." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Fire Season is an urgent, clear, bright book; it is both lyrical enough to arrest breath and absolutely compelling, reminding us why we need fire, solitude, wilderness. Find room on your bookshelf next to Wallace Stegner and Norman Maclean; Philip Connors is here to stay." Alexandra Fuller

Review:

"[F]ull of wry wisdom and humor....[O]ne of the best books to come out of a government gig since Ed Abbey turned a ranger's wage into Desert Solitaire." Outside magazine

Review:

"Fire Season is a beautiful narrative, evoking a reverent appreciation for protecting some of nature's remaining wild places." San Francisco Book Review

Synopsis:

Phillip Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction, and his remarkable debut, Fire Season, is destined to become a modern classic. An absorbing chronicle of the days and nights of one of the last fire lookouts in the American West, Fire Season is a marvel of a book, as rugged and soulful as Matthew Crawford’s bestselling Shop Class as Soulcraft, and it immediately places Connors in the august company of Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez, and others in the respected fraternity of hard-boiled nature writers.

About the Author

Philip Connors has worked as a baker, a bartender, a house painter, a janitor, and an editor at the Wall Street Journal. His essays have appeared in n+1, Harper's, the Paris Review, and the Best American Non-required Reading anthology. He lives in New Mexico with his wife and their dog.

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Reading teacher, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by Reading teacher)
Loved this book. Talks of nature, literature, the history of forest service, all topics that I am interested in. In fact, I found the history of fire fighting and how we manage our forest land so interesting that it led me to read "The Big Burn" which was another great read. I enjoy books that lead me to other books!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061859373
Subtitle:
Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
Author:
Connors, Philip
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Forestry-General
Subject:
Environmental Engineering-Forestry
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.612613 in 7.2 oz

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Product details 272 pages Ecco Press - English 9780061859373 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Every summer Philip Connors runs away from home. He spends half the year in a remote fire lookout savoring the solitude and the joy of monotasking. His wonderful book, Fire Season, will make you want to quit your job, sell the house, and find your own little piece of wilderness. You've been warned.

"Review" by , "Fire Season is enlightening and well-informed...and Philip Connors is a most welcome new voice."
"Review" by , "[R]eading this book is like taking a vacation in beautiful scenery with an observant and clever guide. So relax and enjoy."
"Review" by , "Philip Connors has crafted a book illumined by the gob-smacked, wide-eyed, inquisitional wonder at creation....Fire Season is for pilgrims, pedestrians, hikers and anchorites, city dwellers, and solitary sorts: a treat for the senses, fit for the long haul. Bravo!"
"Review" by , "In an age of relentless connectivity, Philip Connors is a conscientious objector. His adventures in radical solitude make for profoundly absorbing, restorative reading. The soul that learns to keep its own company, this book reminds us, can never be alone."
"Review" by , "[R]uminative, lyrical, occasionally suspenseful....[Fire Season] bristles with the narrative energy and descriptive precision of Annie Dillard and dovetails between elegiac introspection and a history of [Connor's] curious and lonely occupation."
"Review" by , "An excellent, informative, and delightful book."
"Review" by , "[C]harming....[Connors is] a careful observer delighting in nature and aware of what threatens it."
"Review" by , "[R]ife with breathtaking moments....[T]o turn the last page of Fire Season is to emerge from a journey that enlightens and leaves the reader hungry for more."
"Review" by , "Entertaining and informative....Connors mixes natural, personal, and literary history in this remarkable narrative."
"Review" by , "This book captures all that is grand about our western wilderness."
"Review" by , "For those lacking the freedom, gumption or plain will power to taste such a romantic life for themselves, simply reading Connors' account sure is fun."
"Review" by , "Philip Connors is the typical run-of-the-mill U.S. Forest Service employee. Except, you know, he can write like hell....This book is great, like Norman-Maclean-'Young-Men-and-Fire' great."
"Review" by , "A clear overview of America's shifting attitude toward its own wilderness....[H]is affection is catching."
"Review" by , "[A] finely, wryly, at times poetically wrought first book....Connors has succeeded in weaving many stories into one [and has found] a voice and new literary life in arid terrain where I, for one, had suspected there was little new life to be found."
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating personal narrative...and a poetic tribute to solitude and the natural world."
"Review" by , "[T]his is modern nature writing at its very finest."
"Review" by , "[A]n exultant take on the natural world....[Connors] describes his lookoutry with understated exuberance, an engaging and measured enthusiasm for being alone in a beautiful place."
"Review" by , "Compelling and introspective, Fire Season lingers like a good poem."
"Review" by , "[A]n engaging and highly readable mix of wilderness reflection, ode to solitude, and reasoned assault on forestry techniques."
"Review" by , "Print journalist and fire lookout: When it comes to paying jobs, Connors has a death wish, but he has made the very best of it."
"Review" by , "What a wonderful book. Philip Connors went up to the mountaintop to serve as a lookout — and he has come down with a masterwork of close observation, deep reflection, and hard-won wisdom. This is an unforgettable reckoning with the American land."
"Review" by , "This is a book for all nature lovers, and more importantly, those who fail to see the beauty of the natural world. Connors' prose is so mesmerizing, so enthralling, that even the most committed city dweller will be tempted to head for a remote, quiet destination."
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating, pyro-charged reflection....For a man so drawn to solitude, Connors has a particular knack for writing characters....[Fire Season] proves a nifty way to shake off the last of winter's cold."
"Review" by , "Fascinating....Connors' narrative is crisp and accessible."
"Review" by , "[A] lyrical, masterly debut from a first-class writer."
"Review" by , "A fine prose stylist with a splendid eye for detail, Connors allows his readers to see the natural beauty he witnesses....All lovers of nature will understand the allure and wonder that Connors so gracefully describes."
"Review" by , "[E]ngaging....[Connors] sends thoughtful word from deep in the wilderness."
"Review" by , "[A] poetic, thoroughly researched, thrilling account of [Connors'] job as a fire lookout....[I]lluminates the joys of solitude and the complicated nature of life in a volatile, untamable environment."
"Review" by , "[A] compelling study of isolation, wildness, and 'a vocation in its twilight'."
"Review" by , "[A] stunning gift of a memoir....[A] profound (and at times hilariously profane) perspective on the relationship between humans and the earth....Passionate and funny, Fire Season is an exciting new addition to the canon of American nature writing."
"Review" by , "[A] quietly moving love letter to a singular place. By the last page, I wanted to hike up to the tower, sip some whiskey with him and just look."
"Review" by , "Fire Season is an urgent, clear, bright book; it is both lyrical enough to arrest breath and absolutely compelling, reminding us why we need fire, solitude, wilderness. Find room on your bookshelf next to Wallace Stegner and Norman Maclean; Philip Connors is here to stay."
"Review" by , "[F]ull of wry wisdom and humor....[O]ne of the best books to come out of a government gig since Ed Abbey turned a ranger's wage into Desert Solitaire."
"Review" by , "Fire Season is a beautiful narrative, evoking a reverent appreciation for protecting some of nature's remaining wild places."
"Synopsis" by , Phillip Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction, and his remarkable debut, Fire Season, is destined to become a modern classic. An absorbing chronicle of the days and nights of one of the last fire lookouts in the American West, Fire Season is a marvel of a book, as rugged and soulful as Matthew Crawford’s bestselling Shop Class as Soulcraft, and it immediately places Connors in the august company of Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez, and others in the respected fraternity of hard-boiled nature writers.
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