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Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley

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In 1987, John Rember returned home to Sawtooth Valley, where he had been brought up. He returned out of a homing instinct: the same forty acres that had sustained his family’s horses had sustained a vision of a place where he belonged in the world, a life where he could get up in the morning, step out the door, and catch dinner from the Salmon River. But to his surprise, he found that what was once familiar was now unfamiliar. Everything might have looked the same to the horses that spring, but to Rember this was no longer home.

In Traplines, Rember recounts his experiences of growing up in a time when the fish were wild in the rivers, horses were brought into the valley each spring from their winter pasture, and electric light still seemed magical. Today those same experiences no longer seem to possess the authenticity they once did. In his journey home, Rember discovers how the West, both as a place in which to live and as a terrain of the imagination, has been transformed. And he wonders whether his recollections of what once was prevent him from understanding his past and appreciating what he found when he returned home. In Traplines, Rember excavates the hidden desires that color memory and shows us how, once revealed, they can allow us to understand anew the stories we tell ourselves.

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Synopsis:

The author of Coyote in the Mountains pens an unsentimental memoir of the West of his youth, recalling his past visions of an idyllic region and painting a portrait of an uncertain identity for the West of the present, which he discovered when he returned to live in his childhood home in the Sawtooth Valley of Idaho. Reprint.

About the Author

John Rember was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, and grew up in the nearby Sawtooth Valley. He was educated at Harvard and the University of Montana. Rember teaches English at Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho, and he is the author of two previous books, Coyote in the Mountains and Cheerleaders from Gomorrah.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307548221
Subtitle:
Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Rember, John
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
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Publication Date:
20041207
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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"Synopsis" by , The author of Coyote in the Mountains pens an unsentimental memoir of the West of his youth, recalling his past visions of an idyllic region and painting a portrait of an uncertain identity for the West of the present, which he discovered when he returned to live in his childhood home in the Sawtooth Valley of Idaho. Reprint.
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