The Nearby Faraway: A personal journey through the heart of the West

The Nearby Faraway: A personal journey through the heart of the West

by David Petersen


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A modern-day mountain man, a dedicated naturalist, and a writer’s writer, David Petersen spends a lot of time outdoors in the Rocky Mountain West. Whether wandering the aspen groves surrounding his cabin in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains near Durango, watching grizzlies in Montana, or visiting the hidden desert grave of his friend and mentor, Edward Abbey, Petersen goes places many of us will never see—except through his evocative words. He writes with great clarity and elegance of expression, while constantly renewing and reexamining his special relationship with nature. The Nearby Faraway is an abridged autobiography of the author’s life and travels, both geographical and spiritual, throughout the American West—a rich and moving collection from one of the West’s most thoughtful, honest, and down-to-earth writers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990782681
Publisher: David Petersen Books
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

foreword, by Ann Zwinger vii

part one: at home among the aspens 1

1. In the Nearby Faraway 3

2. Wild Things 10

3. Autumn Aspen Haiku 20

4. First Storm 22

5. Winter 24

part two: natural histories and polemics 29

6. The Last Grizzly Slayer: from Ghost Grizzlies 31

7. What the Animals Know 54

8. A Hunter’s Heart 66

part three: voices in the wilderness 81

9. Where Phantoms Come to Brood and Mourn:

A Tribute to Edward Paul Abbey, 1927-1989 83

10. Peacock’s War: Douglas Arapaho Peacock 94

11. Killing Fish with the Milagro Man: John Nichols 103

part four: out there 111

12. A Wilderness of Superstition 113

13. Baboquivari! 125

14. Raid at Comb Wash, Redux 135

15. A Place Where Spirits Dwell 148

16. Yellowstone Death Watch 159

17. Good Times in the Owyhee Badlands 178

18. Footloose in the North Cascades 193

19. A Wild and Fierce Freedom 206

20. Moonshine 221

afterword: Knee-Deep in Its Absence 226

acknowledgments 232

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