Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons

Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons

by Mary Beth Baptiste

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Aware that her youth is slipping by, Mary Beth Baptiste decides to escape her lackluster, suburban life in coastal Massachusetts to pursue her lifelong dream of being a Rocky Mountain woodswoman. To the horror of her traditional, ethnic family, she divorces her husband of fifteen years, dusts off her wildlife biology degree, and flees to Moose, Wyoming for a job at Grand Teton National Park. In these rugged mountains, unexpected lessons from nature and wildlife guide her journey as she creates a new life for herself. Set against the dramatic backdrop and quirky culture of Jackson Hole, this beautifully written memoir is a thoughtful, often humorous account of a woman's bumbling quest for purpose, redemption, and love through wilderness adventure, solitude, and offbeat human connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762791347
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 389,262
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Still a woodswoman at heart,Mary Beth Baptistelives with her husband in southeast Wyoming, where she continues to add to her checkered job history. A two-time winner of the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Award for Creative Writing, she has published her work in a variety of periodicals and anthologies.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Woodswoman viii

Part 1 Water of a New Life

Chapter 1 First Glimpse 2

Chapter 2 There/Here 4

Chapter 3 Baggage 8

Chapter 4 The Price 13

Chapter 5 Places 19

Chapter 6 Learning Curve 27

Chapter 7 Digging In 31

Chapter 8 Hopping on Board 37

Chapter 9 Evolution 44

Chapter 10 Trying Out 54

Chapter 11 Animal Nature 58

Chapter 12 Teton Two-Step 64

Chapter 13 Bliss 71

Chapter 14 Female Trouble 75

Chapter 15 Heritage 80

Chapter 16 Stakeout 85

Chapter 17 Ursine Lessons 92

Chapter 18 Harlequin Romance 96

Chapter 19 Taproot 103

Chapter 20 Ghosts 107

Chapter 21 Short Timing 114

Chapter 22 Transition 119

Chapter 23 Kissing Toads 125

Chapter 24 Turning Point 135

Chapter 25 Altitude Adjustment 139

Chapter 26 Search 156

Chapter 27 Forever Love 161

Chapter 28 Any Port 167

Chapter 29 Uncertainly Principles 171

Part 2 White Combs and Sweet Honey

Chapter 30 Homing 180

Chapter 31 Hermit Crab 184

Chapter 32 Stewardship 190

Chapter 33 Cabin Fever 193

Chapter 34 Grizzly Distinction 197

Chapter 35 Gift 201

Chapter 36 Mudpuppy Love 207

Chapter 37 Dog Days 211

Chapter 38 Niche 214

Chapter 39 Opening Day 220

Chapter 40 Borealis 225

Part 3 Light Inside My Heart

Chapter 41 Sharpshooter 230

Chapter 42 Swan Lake 234

Chapter 43 Bearing Up 237

Chapter 44 Growing Pains 241

Chapter 45 Woodswoman, Reprise 247

Chapter 46 Dream Story 249

Author's Note 253

Acknowledgments 255

Bibliography 257

About the Author 261

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Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jrwidaho More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that you buy because it looks like a fun read .... one chapter in, you realize that you are being taken on a  beautiful journey. Altitude Adjustments needs to be on everyone's MUST READ list. It is an intricately-told story, full of heart, courage and  insecurity. All set against the majestic backdrop of the Tetons. The mountains are the constant as the author embarks on a risky life  adventure, psychologically and actually. This book has become one of my all-time favorites. A book is a true gift when it's story speaks to you in an unforgettable way. READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just loved this book - could really relate to the author's angst and struggles. So many people stay in situations where they are unhappy because they lack the bravery to go forward. Kudo's to Mary Beth for the courage she showed in setting out to follow her dreams, and the classy way she dealt with such a hostile/sexist work environment. And she faced these challenges with an inquisitive enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humor. Love a book that makes you feel all ranges of emotions - from sorrow to joy, and this one most definitely did. If you are a fan of Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, or Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards, you have to read this book - you'll love it!
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The writing: crisp. The subject matter: dreams and the road we take to fulfill them. The author: likeable and at home in the Grand Tetons. Final verdict: emotionally satisfying! Mary Beth Baptiste is a writer that stirs up our souls. Great reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for nature lovers as well as those who enjoy a good memoir.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, so descriptive - all of your emotions will surface.
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