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Wendy Call, January 18, 2013 (view all comments by Wendy Call)
I read this book as it was probably meant to be read -- while tromping thorough Great (and sometimes Not So Great) Wilderness areas. I began the book while working in the North Cascades National Park, greatly appreciating the essay that gave me a behind-the-scenes look at the folks who bring us our Yellowstone vacation. Then I switched locales to Joshua Tree National Park. I loved the references to cryptobiotic soil, as I learned to recognize it -- and not step on it. (That black splotch on the ground? That's alive! And it's 300 years old!) And the meditation on the moral implications of trapping mice -- as I live-trapped and released 30 deer mice in my desert cabin, one for each day I stayed there. As is often the case with anthologies, particularly those focused (like this one) on emerging writers' work, the collection is a bit uneven. But the work that most appealed to me was a joy to read. Kurt Caswell's essay was the stand-out. And though it struck me as strange to include fiction in a book of natural history essays, I enjoyed the short stories that were included. And this collection provides an excellent example of what can be accomplished in the classroom -- with a dedicated teacher and hard-working students.
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