The Necessity of Empty Places

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'Gruchow writes eloquently of the ways in which communing with nature can help us escape the conventions of daily life and confront 'the silence within ourselves...'His sensitivity to the environment is extraordinary...enabling him to make nature come alive...' --The Los Angeles Times
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Overview

'Gruchow writes eloquently of the ways in which communing with nature can help us escape the conventions of daily life and confront 'the silence within ourselves...'His sensitivity to the environment is extraordinary...enabling him to make nature come alive...' --The Los Angeles Times
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gruchow ( Journal of a Prairie Year ) here captures the unconventional beauty of the West with landscapes of the U.S. and presents a compelling case for their preservation. Indicting our cultural penchant for reshaping nature (``Our backyards have become as regular and predictable as our McDonalds''), the author contends that we are putting ourselves on the endangered species list: ``We may have lost our awe of nature, but its power remains, and to the extent that we are unmindful of that power, we are less, not more, secure.'' The book is primarily a celebration of those rugged places that still permit us to see that power. The occasional digressionsan anecdote about John Berryman or a hymn remembered from boyhoodserve to refresh rather than obstruct, and are neatly tied in with the main narrative. Whether tracing the remnants of the Oregon Trail or traversing the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, Gruchow describes, instructs and reflects with the self-assurance of one in complete command of his subject. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This series of interconnected essays reflects one man's exploration of natural places, from the plains of his native Minnesota to the mountains of Wyoming. Gruchow mixes his observations of the natural world with philosophical meanderings, often condemning our present age for its excesses and creeping homogeneity. Among the chapters are descriptions of a modern tour along the old Oregon Trail, walking expeditions into the Bighorn Mountains, and the migration of sandhill cranes. Some of Gruchow's observations are mundane; many are arresting. For all libraries with active natural history collections. Randy Dykhuis, Grand Rapids P.L., Mich.
Booknews
A nauturalist's impressions of wandering through S. Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming. No scholarly apparatus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312038892
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1989
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Blue Mountains of Minnesota 5
The Nebraska Sandhills: The Flight of Cranes 15
On the Oregon Trail 35
Approaching the Mountains 55
The Big Horns of Wyoming 65
Florence Canyon 77
Mistymoon 93
The Summit 103
Wilderness Basin: The Robin 115
Wilderness Basin: The Ouzel 129
Wilderness Basin: Barrenness 141
The Pass: The Cliff 155
The Talus Field: The Way Down 177
Medicine Mountain 193
The Work of the Devil 209
Lost 219
Walking in Clouds 241
Appointment with a Trout 255
Seeing the Elephant 263
Walking Home 275
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