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A River Without Banks: Place and Belonging in the Inland Northwest

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Idaho poet William Johnson (emerita, Lewis-Clark State College) quietly weaves themes of family, place, and wilderness in this slim and personal collection of essays. A family move from humid Florida to northwestern Idaho in 1981 becomes the impetus for a series of thoughtful literary sketches describing life in the inland Pacific Northwest. Johnson's graceful prose will leave the reader lonesome for clear rivers, woodsmoke, and still places. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A River Without Banks chronicles one family's journey to Idaho, with all of its uncertainties, promises, and hopes. The book explores their encounters with a place still partly wild, whose communities and landscapes teach them how to respect the earth and each other. William Johnson's essays move from a family vacation spent observing moose, to a comparison of the creation myths from Genesis and the Nez Perce, to watching a raptor seeking prey. Johnson meditates on how places, animals, and people teach us "how to see, and how we do, and don't, belong." In prose that reveals a poet's eye, Johnson examines how family relationships affect how we see the natural world. He explores the power of words to divide and to heal. He illuminates the challenges of sustaining a vital relationship with a home place. A River Without Banks will appeal to readers interested in the literature of place, ecology, natural history, indigenous culture, and conservation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870715822
Author:
Johnson, William Clark.
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Author:
Johnson, William
Author:
am Johnson
Author:
Willi
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Nature writing, memoir
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Johnson, William C - Homes and haunts -
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , A River Without Banks chronicles one family's journey to Idaho, with all of its uncertainties, promises, and hopes. The book explores their encounters with a place still partly wild, whose communities and landscapes teach them how to respect the earth and each other. William Johnson's essays move from a family vacation spent observing moose, to a comparison of the creation myths from Genesis and the Nez Perce, to watching a raptor seeking prey. Johnson meditates on how places, animals, and people teach us "how to see, and how we do, and don't, belong." In prose that reveals a poet's eye, Johnson examines how family relationships affect how we see the natural world. He explores the power of words to divide and to heal. He illuminates the challenges of sustaining a vital relationship with a home place. A River Without Banks will appeal to readers interested in the literature of place, ecology, natural history, indigenous culture, and conservation.
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