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  • It's not just a job, it's an adventure: A review of Permanent Vacation

    The 20 essays in this collection take us into the wacky and wonderful lives of some of the many people who work in the country's national parks.

  • Chronicling a lost river: A review of Dry River

    Ken Lamberton explores a Southwestern desert landscape in Dry River: Stores of Life, Death, and Redemption on the Santa Cruz.

  • The endless atlas: A review of Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

    Rebecca Solnit assembles historical, legendary, and artistic tidbits and tales along with glorious maps in her new book.

  • Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

    Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

    In her new collection of essays, Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, Kathleen Dean Moore writes her way to the knowledge that "sorrow is part of the Earth's great cycles."

  • Regaining identity through restoration

    Regaining identity through restoration

    Charles Wilkinson's new book, The People Are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon describes how a tribe "terminated" by the federal government fought to regain its identity.

  • Glimpses of the high desert

    Glimpses of the high desert

    The essays in Ellen Waterston's Where the Crooked River Rises pay homage to her home in the high desert of eastern Oregon.

  • Of rivers, boats and baseball umpires

    Of rivers, boats and baseball umpires

    The essays in Robin Cody's Another Way the River Has range all over the map but somehow lead back to the river.

  • Turning back the tide

    Turning back the tide

    A volunteer naturalist describes the unique beauty -- and fragility -- of California's Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

  • Peril in paradise

    Peril in paradise

    In The Light in High Places, naturalist Joe Hutto considers Wyoming wilderness, bighorn sheep, cowboys and other rare Western species.

  • An example and an antidote

    In Imagination in Place, his new collection of essays, writer/farmer/poet Wendell Berry shares some of his honest wisdom and sharp-eyed observations.

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