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Melissa Walker set out on a journey that many women of hergeneration have mapped only in their dreams. Like many American chroniclers beforeher who have surrendered to the aimless pleasures of the road, Walker had nogeographical destination in mind, but she did have two definite goals — onepersonal, one political — for her journey. She was looking for the peace andsolitude of the backcountry, certainly, but she also wanted to learn the dynamics ofpreserving wild places and to devote herself to that cause. In the Sky Islands ofsouthern Arizona, on the banks of the Popo Agie River and the Wind River Mountainsin Wyoming, in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, and Olympic National Park, in Gila and Glacier Peak Wilderness, she encountered the hazards of wild animals andextreme weather, and she began to reassess what parts of her life she couldcontrol.

Living on Wilderness Time is a book for those whohave visited wild places and want to return, and for others whose overcommittedurban lives make them long for land where time is measured differently and humanbeings are scarce. Above all it is a call to join those who, like Aldo Leopold, seewilderness as vital to the humancommunity.

Melissa Walker is vice president ofNational Wilderness Watch, chair of the Georgia chapter of Wilderness Watch, serveson the Southern Appalachian Council of the Wilderness Society, and is the author ofReading the Environment and Down from the Mountaintop. She has been Professor ofEnglish at the University of New Orleans and Mercer University and a fellow ofWomen's Studies at Emory University. Walker lives with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jogged out of her too-hurried existence by a nightmare, the author sets off on a series of trips into America's wildest areas to seek adventure, change, and a deeper grasp of the meaning of wilderness and her place in it.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Melissa Walker set out on a journey that many women of her generation have mapped only in their dreams. Like many American chroniclers before her who have surrendered to the aimless pleasures of the road, Walker had no geographical destination in mind, but she did have two definite goals--one personal, one political--for her journey. She was looking for the peace and solitude of the backcountry, certainly, but she also wanted to learn the dynamics of preserving wild places and to devote herself to that cause. In the Sky Islands of southern Arizona, on the banks of the Popo Agie River and the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, and Olympic National Park, in Gila and Glacier Peak Wilderness, she encountered the hazards of wild animals and extreme weather, and she began to reassess what parts of her life she could control. Living on Wilderness Time is a book for those who have visited wild places and want to return, and for others whose overcommitted urban lives make them long for land where time is measured differently and human beings are scarce. Above all it is a call to join those who, like Aldo Leopold, see wilderness as vital to the human community.

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ISBN:
9780813921105
Author:
Walker, Melissa
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.94x5.88x.78 in. .94 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Melissa Walker set out on a journey that many women of her generation have mapped only in their dreams. Like many American chroniclers before her who have surrendered to the aimless pleasures of the road, Walker had no geographical destination in mind, but she did have two definite goals--one personal, one political--for her journey. She was looking for the peace and solitude of the backcountry, certainly, but she also wanted to learn the dynamics of preserving wild places and to devote herself to that cause. In the Sky Islands of southern Arizona, on the banks of the Popo Agie River and the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, and Olympic National Park, in Gila and Glacier Peak Wilderness, she encountered the hazards of wild animals and extreme weather, and she began to reassess what parts of her life she could control. Living on Wilderness Time is a book for those who have visited wild places and want to return, and for others whose overcommitted urban lives make them long for land where time is measured differently and human beings are scarce. Above all it is a call to join those who, like Aldo Leopold, see wilderness as vital to the human community.
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