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Why I came West : a memoir

Author: Rick Bass
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A poignant look at the thirty-year journey of one of our country's great naturalist writers, Why I Came West explores how Rick Bass fell in love with the mystique of the West (and the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana in particular) as a dramatic landscape, as an idea, and as a way of life. In a series of moving chapters, Bass describes his own transformation into the writer, hunter, and environmental activist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Rick Bass; Rick Bass; Rick Bass; Rick Bass
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rick Bass
ISBN: 9780618596751 0618596755
OCLC Number: 779972619
Description: [x], 238 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1 Why I Came West 15 --
2 Landscape and Imagination 31 --
3 Meat 49 --
4 Question 57 --
5 Community of Glaciers 65 --
6 Wood 77 --
7 Oil 95 --
8 Poison of Language 109 --
9 Fourteen Gardens 119 --
10 Who We Are, What We Do 133 --
11 Bear Spray Stories 169 --
12 Rebecca's "My Hair Is on Fire" Lobster Soup 183 --
13 Threshold 193.
Responsibility: Rick Bass.

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A poignant look at the thirty-year journey of one of our country's great naturalist writers, Why I Came West explores how Rick Bass fell in love with the mystique of the West (and the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana in particular) as a dramatic landscape, as an idea, and as a way of life. In a series of moving chapters, Bass describes his own transformation into the writer, hunter, and environmental activist that he is today. He profiles how the rugged, wild landscape smoothed out his own rough edges; attempts to define the appeal of the West that so transfixed him as a boy, a place of mountains and outlaws and continual rebirth, just beyond whatever was near it; and he describes his role as a reluctant environmental activist--sometimes at odds with his own neighbors--unable and unwilling to stand idly by and watch this treasured place disappear.

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