Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

by Pam Houston

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Overview

"How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us."

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.

In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393241020
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 473,248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Pam Houston is the prize-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted, among other books. She is professor of English at the University of California–Davis and lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Some Kind of Calling 1

Ranch Almanac: Buying Hay 13

Part 1 Getting Out

The Tinnitus of Truth Telling 19

Ranch Almanac: Stacking Wood 31

Retethering 35

Ranch Almanac: Donkey Chasing 48

Part 2 Digging In

The Season of Hunkering Down 55

Ranch Almanac: Leonids 65

Mother's Day Storm 67

Ranch Almanac: Puppy 86

A Kind of Quiet Most People Have Forgotten 89

Ranch Almanac: Log Chain 100

The Sound of Horse Teeth on Hay 103

Ranch Almanac: Born in a Barn 116

Ranch Archive 119

Ranch Almanac: First Warm Day 139

Eating Phoebe 142

Ranch Almanac: Lambing 155

Part 3 Diary of a Fire

Diary of a Fire 161

Ranch Almanac: Carving Rivers 222

Part 4 Elsewhere

Kindness 227

Ranch Almanac: Woolly Nelson 240

Of Spirit Bears, Humpbacks, Narwhal, Manatees and Mothers 245

Ranch Almanac: Almanac 271

Part 5 Deep Creek

Deep Creek 275

Acknowledgments 301

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