About This Life

About This Life

Book - 1998
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The acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of an extraordinary man. With the publication of his best-selling Of Wolves and Men, and with the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer whose every book is an event, for both critics and his devoted readership. Now, in About This Life, he takes us on a literal and figurative journey across the terrain of autobiography, assembling essays of great wisdom and insight. Here is far-flung travel (the beauty of remote Hokkaido Island, the over-explored Galápagos, enigmatic Bonaire); a naturalist's contention (Why does our society inevitably strip political power from people with intimate knowledge of the land small-scale farmers, Native Americans, Eskimos, cowboys?); and pure adventure (a dizzying series of around-the-world journeys with air freight everything from penguins to pianos). And here, too, are seven exquisite memory pieces hauntingly lyrical yet unsentimental recollections that represent Lopez's most personal work to date, and which will be read as classics of the personal essay for years to come. In writing about nature and people from around the world, by exploring the questions of our age, and, above all, by sharing a new openness about himself, Barry Lopez gives us a book that is at once vastly erudite yet intimate: a magically written and provocative work by a major American writer at the top of his form.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1998.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780679434542
0679434542
Branch Call Number: 813.54/LOPE
Characteristics: 273p. 24cm.

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Jan 08, 2016

This was a great introduction to an author previously unknown to me. eBooks are generally not my preferred medium, but this book selection fit it well.
Lopez is an environmental advocate with educational beginnings on the opposite side of the fence. He praises nature and wildlife and solitude. His descriptions are so well-though. His words are descriptive enough to paint mental pictures and recall tactile memories.
The writing was captivating, and then he blew me away with so many words that I'd never heard. And well-utilized, not forced. "What a smart guy", I found myself thinking.
If you like birds and animals, mountains and streams, give Lopez a chance. I plan to read more, to give a better feel for his breadth.

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