Synopses & Reviews
With the finely honed skills of an essayist, the heightened sensibility of a naturalist, and the carefully reasoned mind of a philosopher, Kathleen Dean Moore examines our connections to what we hold most dear. In a quest for the metaphorical holdfast - the structure at the end of seaweed strands that attach to rocks with a grip that even ocean gales cannot rend - Moore seeks to understand that which affixes her firmly to family and place. The natural world is fertile ground to explore these vital elements and the importance of living 'thickly,' as she writes, plumbing the rich depths of each movement. In twenty elegant, probing essays she meditates on connection and separation: the sense of brotherhood fostered by communal howling; the inevitability of losing our children to their own lives. She is joyous, playful, and mournful as she ponders the sublimity of life and longing in the creatures of the sea; the pleasures of taking candy from her unwitting students on Halloween; facing the decision to end her father's life. She is curious and wise as she celebrates otters and chickadees, clams and kelp, and the relationship between place and memory. From the Oregon coast she calls home to Alaskan shores, Moore travels geographically and philosophically, leaving no doubt of her virtuosity and range. (6 1/4 X 9 1/4, 180 pages)
"A gifted essayist. . . Moore's prose is elegant and poetic."--Hungry Mind Review
"From cover to cover, Kathleen Dean Moore's book is full of 'Darn, I wish I'd said thats.' After all, you've thought, and felt, most of the things she writes about, but you've never been able to articulate them--to yourself or others--the way she does in this deceptively simple, insightful book. Dean Moore is hard-wired into the spiritual aspects of spending time in the outdoors, from camping, fishing and traveling down rivers to a phobia about being eaten by a bear. (The author) has a scientist's eye for detail, from the vibrant color of leaves to ripples on a stream, but a philosopher's heart in describing the experience."-- Statesman-Journal
Riveting, finely crafted essays about family and the natural world, and winner of the 2000 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.
About the Author
KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE
is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, and the founding director of OSU's Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. She is the author of Riverwalking, which won the 1996 Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, and was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award. Moore lives in Corvallis, Oregon.