Synopses & Reviews
One writer loses all her earthly belongings in her family's twice-yearly migration across an Alaskan bay. Another stands on a dune waiting for the wind to erase his footprints. Another waits by a hospital bed in Idaho after a rodeo accident bends her father in half. Another lovingly recounts the simple ritual that marks the end of an era at a mill in Central Oregon.
In this thoughtful collection of essays which includes a foreword by Barry Lopez some of the region's most notable writers join fresh new literary voices in an exploration of life in the Northwest from rural to urban coastal rainforest to sagebrush desert.
Drawn from the pages of Oregon Quarterly the University of Oregon's award-winning magazine and the annual Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest these pieces stand alone as lyrical engaging works of literature and at the same time come together to form a portrait of the culture and landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
Leslie Leyland Fields
Robert Leo Heilman
"An acute awareness of how place informs our lives permeates Best Essays NW....[A] heartfelt literary exploration of life in the Pacific Northwest."
The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
"[A] fine anthology....Although the essays vary in quality and style, the writing is generally strong....The collection clearly does not include all the best essays on the subject only those that have been featured in the quarterly but it is eclectic, and the writing is for the most part strong." Library Journal
"Heres a wonderful essay collection celebrating Northwest voices. Established writers offer their rich profound perspectives and newcomers surprise us with fresh observations recent discoveries. Together they conjure that spellbinding region of the heart known as the Oregon Country." Craig Lesley author of Winterkill and The Sky Fisherman
"What it means to lose what we love; to discover the beauty that our loss might contain; to be gifted with new awareness of the kindred ties that bind us beyond the familial: these are the themes explored in this important collection of personal writings by authors who understand the value of place and experience. To accompany them on their exploratory journeys is to risk loss of self-appeasement and to challenge apathy of all kinds emotional ethical political. It is to find ourselves in a world both strange and familiar boldly and beautifully imagined." Kim Barnes author of In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country
In this thoughtful collection of essays some of the region's most notable writers join fresh new literary voices in an exploration of life in the Northwest from rural to urban coastal rainforest to sagebrush desert.
Table of Contents
Two stories becoming one / Kim Stafford -- Picking fruit / Kathleen Holt -- Speaking Oregon / Brian Doyle -- A rope in rising waters / Ross West -- A circle of words / Beth Hege Piatote -- Another 100 years / Ian McCluskey -- Death of a gyppo / Robert Leo Heilman -- The last log / Ellen Waterston -- Get off my cloud / Steve McQuiddy -- Migration / Leslie Leyland Fields -- Get off my log / Kelee Weinhold -- Another Oregon trail / Corrina Wycoff -- Train time / Susan Rich -- Air, earth, fire, water / Jane Kyle -- I love the rain / Lauren Kessler -- Accelerate. Focus. Explode / Cynthia Pappas -- Take me out to the ballgame / Guy Maynard, Robert Leo Heilman, Robin Cody & Joni James -- When he falls off a horse / Debra Gwartney -- Army men / Paul Keller -- Finding frogs / Cheri Brooks -- Waiting out the wind / Mark Blaine -- Grass man / Charles Goodrich -- Blood relation / Bobbie Willis -- Fire ban / Ana Maria Spagna -- The way we mourn / Gayle Forman -- Salmon run / Bette Lynch Husted -- The untellable story / John Daniel.