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ISBN13: 9781573228251
ISBN10: 1573228257
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Publisher Comments:

"Elemental, powerful?a piercing voice from the heartland."

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Here is a book for women to read to learn the hearts of men. Here is a book for men to read to curse what they have lost?A fine example of blood-writing, every sentence alive."

--Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

"Stirring, evocative, finely nuanced, gritty-marvelous!"

--Gretel Ehrlich, author of The Solace of Open Spaces

It is a voice that echoes off canyon walls, springs from the rush of rivers, thunders from the hooves of horses. It belongs to award-winner Mark Spragg, and it's as passionate and umcompromising as the wilderness in which he was born: the largest block of unfenced wilderness in the lower forty-eight states. Where Rivers Change Direction is the story of a boyhood spent on the oldest dude ranch in Wyoming--with a family struggling against the elements and against themselves, and with the wry and wise cowboy who taught him life's most important lessons.

As the young Spragg undergoes the inexorable rites of passage that forge the heart and soul of man, this unforgettable memoir illuminates the heartfelt yearnings, the unexpected wisdom, and the irrevocable truths that follow in his wake...

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It is a voice that echoes off canyon walls, springs from the rush of rivers, thunders from the hooves of horses. It belongs to award-winner Mark Spragg, and it's as passionate and umcompromising as the wilderness in northwest Wyoming in which he was born: the largest block of unfenced wilderness in the lower forty-eight states. Where Rivers Change Direction is a memoir of childhood spent on the oldest dude ranch in Wyoming—with a family struggling against the elements and against themselves, and with the wry and wise cowboy who taught him life's most important lessons.

As the young Spragg undergoes the inexorable rites of passage that forge the heart and soul of man, he channels Peter Matthiessen and the novels of Ernest Hemingway in his truly unforgettable illuminations of the heartfelt yearnings, the unexpected wisdom, and the irrevocable truths that follow in his wake.

Synopsis:

The acclaimed new voice of the heartland, Mark Spragg has written a poetic and uncompromising memoir of his boyhood spent on the oldest dude ranch in Wyoming.

About the Author

Mark Spragg is the author of the memoir Where Rivers Change Direction, winner of the 2000 Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award.

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box97280, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by box97280)
The writing in this book is amazing. The descriptions made me feel that I was in someone else's dream. Yet the subject of the book is anything but fantasy; this is the story of a boy growing up on a dude ranch in Wyoming, learning along the way how to become a man. A hard-working, high-integrity man who puts the needs of others first. Scenes from this book will float back into your mind long after you've finished reading.
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Amy Franzen, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Amy Franzen)
Each beat of this beautiful story is like a meditation. The writing is sublime and transportive. When you finish it you'll want everyone you know to read it so that the wealth and rarity of the experience can be shared.
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Corvalliant, January 15, 2010 (view all comments by Corvalliant)
I typically breeze through books, and I usually steer clear of memoir. This book, however, has a soul. Spragg sat down at his pages and opened his veins for ink, but he didn't rely on that to make his work sing - his command of language both powerful and subtle is nothing short of astounding. Thanks, Mark, for showing us your world in a way that is honest, beautiful, and meaningful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573228251
Author:
Spragg, Mark
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Regional Subjects - West
Subject:
Ranch life
Subject:
Farmers & Ranchers
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Park County
Subject:
Shoshone National Forest
Subject:
Spragg, Mark - Childhood and youth
Subject:
Ranch life Wyoming Park County.
Subject:
Biography-Farmers and Ranchers
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 3880
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.98x5.12x.80 in. .55 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573228251 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,

It is a voice that echoes off canyon walls, springs from the rush of rivers, thunders from the hooves of horses. It belongs to award-winner Mark Spragg, and it's as passionate and umcompromising as the wilderness in northwest Wyoming in which he was born: the largest block of unfenced wilderness in the lower forty-eight states. Where Rivers Change Direction is a memoir of childhood spent on the oldest dude ranch in Wyoming—with a family struggling against the elements and against themselves, and with the wry and wise cowboy who taught him life's most important lessons.

As the young Spragg undergoes the inexorable rites of passage that forge the heart and soul of man, he channels Peter Matthiessen and the novels of Ernest Hemingway in his truly unforgettable illuminations of the heartfelt yearnings, the unexpected wisdom, and the irrevocable truths that follow in his wake.

"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed new voice of the heartland, Mark Spragg has written a poetic and uncompromising memoir of his boyhood spent on the oldest dude ranch in Wyoming.
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