All the Leavings

All the Leavings

by Laurie Easter
All the Leavings

All the Leavings

by Laurie Easter


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In All the Leavings, Laurie Easter deftly navigates both the rugged terrain of the human heart and life on the edge of wilderness. Her contemplative, often experimental essays explore love and risk: giving birth in a rustic cabin; the destructive power of wildfires; losing friends to cancer, AIDS, suicide, and meth; encounters with birds and mountain lions; and the unthinkable potential loss of a child to illness. Drawing from a reverence for the natural world—perilous yet rich with beauty—that is deeply rooted in a wild Oregon, All the Leavings examines what it means to love, lose, and find strength in facing adversity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870711220
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2021
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

LAURIE EASTER lives off the grid in southern Oregon. Her essays have been awarded fellowships by the Vermont Studio Center and Playa, listed as notable in Best American Essays, and published in many literary journals and anthologies. She holds degrees from Southern Oregon University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. All the Leavings is her first book.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

Her Body, a Wilderness 6

Relics 19

Something to Do with Baldness 29

Reprieve: Winter 41

I Have to Tell You 44

Sojourns with Big Cats in Triptych 51

Crack My Heart Wide Open 56

Reprieve: Spring 68

Searching for Gwen 71

Bad Blood 82

Rebound Tenderness 103

Reprieve: Summer 108

The Polarity of Incongruities 111

Three Weeks: A Chronology from Before to After 114

Solving My Way to Grandma 124

Reprieve: Autumn 131

All the Leavings 134

Antidote to Grief 152

Afterword 157

Acknowledgments 159

Notes and Sources 161

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