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Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw

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Now Go Home tells the story of how a quintessential California girl ended up earning her living in the Pacific Northwest with a crosscut saw. Ana Maria Spagna came of age in southern California in the "hot-pink eighties." By the time she turned nineteen, she had visited Disneyland thirty-seven times and was ready to hit the road. In these finely edged essays, she takes her readers along.

With candor, wit, and hard-earned wisdom, Spagna reflects on the journey that took her from a childhood in the suburbs of L.A. to a trail crew in the North Cascades, where she falls in love with a place and, unexpectedly, with a woman. With days spent laboring as the only woman on a trail crew and evenings in a cabin no larger than Thoreau's, she has world enough and time to wrestle with the compromises and contradictions of making "a life in the woods." From the work she does and the people she meets, she comes to see the nuances, and occasionally the humor, of big ideas like wilderness and environmentalism. And she decides this is the place she must call home.

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"Ana Maria Spagna's essays are as stubborn, compact, and densely grained as a whitebarked pine at timberline. Each achieves its wholeness honestly, earning every twig and needle. No excess growth, no easy resolutions. The best will firmly root themselves in the literature of the Pacific Northwest." John Daniel, author of Winter Creek: One Writer's Natural History

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"Even to readers for whom a day of manual labor in cold, mud and rain sounds like the least appealing activity on Earth, the scope and sincerity of these 18 essays will make you laugh, think and appreciate your heated home as they lead you to a fine and quiet place." Seattle Times

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How did a quintessential California girl end up earning her living in the Pacific Northwest with a crosscut saw? In Now Go Home, Spagna reflects on the journey that took her from a childhood in the suburbs of L.A. to a trail crew in Washington's North Cascades, where she falls in love with a place and, unexpectedly, with a woman.

About the Author

Ana Maria Spagna lives in Stehekin, Washington, where she works on a National Park Service trail crew. Her essays have appeared in Orion, Utne Reader, Open Spaces, Backpacker, and Best Essays NW. Now Go Home is her first book.

Table of Contents

Wilderness, Homelessness, and the Crosscut Saw 1
Now Go Home 8
Children of the Woods 19
How to Waste Time 33
The Tourists in My Yard 38
Long Distance 49
The Doodles We Draw 58
Doing Without 63
Choir Practice 69
On The Rim 79
Entombing Spiders and Other Small Shack Stories 92
To the Woods 96
Red Tape and Yellow Stickies 101
The Old Wagon Road 104
From the Ground On Up 113
Winter Driving 140
Everywhere But Here 149
Near the Mountains 158

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Mila, August 15, 2011 (view all comments by Mila)
If you like the Pacific Northwest woods (mostly the west side), you'll appreciate these essays. If you've ever held seasonal, outdoor jobs, you'll also appreciate these essays. A good smattering of back-to-the-land ethics along with interesting anecdotes make for a pretty good read. Plus, it's short and quick, so why not support a new author and give it a try.
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Katie Larsell, April 25, 2008 (view all comments by Katie Larsell)
Beautifully written essays about a life lived in the woods. Ana Maria is paying attention; she reminds me that if you want to know what is going on ask an introvert.

Her insights are not shocking or different but are closely observed. Its the combo of what she sees with how she reacts to it that makes this book a joy to read.

Having a love for the NW woods helps too.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780870710094
Author:
Spagna, Ana Maria
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Location:
Corvallis
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Naturalists/Gardeners
Subject:
National parks and reserves
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
Naturalists, Gardeners, Environmentalists
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
United States Officials and employees.
Subject:
Biography-Gardeners and Naturalists
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
107-952
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
166 p.
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 in

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Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Forests
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Product details 166 p. pages Oregon State University Press - English 9780870710094 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Ana Maria Spagna's essays are as stubborn, compact, and densely grained as a whitebarked pine at timberline. Each achieves its wholeness honestly, earning every twig and needle. No excess growth, no easy resolutions. The best will firmly root themselves in the literature of the Pacific Northwest."
"Review" by , "Even to readers for whom a day of manual labor in cold, mud and rain sounds like the least appealing activity on Earth, the scope and sincerity of these 18 essays will make you laugh, think and appreciate your heated home as they lead you to a fine and quiet place."
"Synopsis" by , How did a quintessential California girl end up earning her living in the Pacific Northwest with a crosscut saw? In Now Go Home, Spagna reflects on the journey that took her from a childhood in the suburbs of L.A. to a trail crew in Washington's North Cascades, where she falls in love with a place and, unexpectedly, with a woman.
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