Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Natureby David Quammen
In This We Are Native couples a passionate argument for saving wilderness with a breathtaking memoir of love and loss and rebirth. Smith unflinchingly tells of her young husband's final year (his death left her with four sons to raise alone); of her father's final months and days, decades later, and the familiar chasm of death's approach; and of mourning the beloved landscape she has chosen as home, Montana's Blackfoot River Valley, with its unsurpassable beauty and unbearable fragility, when it is brutally clear-cut by big lumber.
But it is Smith's gift that In This We Are Native is a glorious celebration of life, transcending grief in language exacting and unsentimental. "Here is a woman to admire and love . . ." Annie Dillard wrote of Homestead. In a voice clear and true, Smith regales the joys of huckleberry gathering; the stealth of the mountain lion; the rejuvenation in an icy mountain river; and the immense satisfaction of intimacy with wildlands. She rejoices in the preciousness of lovers and family; the deep satisfaction of growing old in a place you love; and the pleasures of adventure abroad.
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Meet the Author
David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a John Burroughs Medal and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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