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Where the Wind Dreams of Staying: Searching for Purpose and Place in the West

Where the Wind Dreams of Staying: Searching for Purpose and Place in the West

by Eric Dieterle


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In his powerful memoir Where the Wind Dreams of Staying, Eric Dieterle captures the emotional storms of a boy, and then a man, who seeks meaning in a place, or a place with meaning. His restless search for purpose and identity in the American West moves through cycles of success and failure, love and loss.

Dieterle’s journey leads from the plateaus of eastern Washington through the landscapes of seven states, ending in the shadow of the San Francisco peaks in northern Arizona. In a series of interwoven essays, readers will find rich, detailed explorations of western landscapes, balanced with stories of personal reflection, determination, doubt, and fulfillment. Along the way, Dieterle grapples with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, and failed relationships. The interior life of the author is tightly bound to the external landscapes, ecosystems, and ecologies, so that person and place become lost in one another.

Ultimately a story of resilience, Where the Wind Dreams of Staying is a lyrical tribute to the richly varied landscapes and lifestyles of the inland West. It will be welcomed by readers of environmental literature and personal memoir, and anyone who has struggled against the odds in pursuit of a balanced life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870718656
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

ERIC DIETERLE lives, works, and writes in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has written for newspapers, published essays in journals of environmental literature, and guest-blogged on topics ranging from the environment to sustainable living to running at high altitudes. Dieterle holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Washington State University, and a master’s in English from Iowa State University. Where the Wind Dreams of Staying is his first book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

In the Dust below Horse Heaven Hills 1

River of Wind 14

Atoms in the Sand 26

Palouse 31

A Gentile in the Wilderness 44

The Pit from Thirty Thousand Feet 54

Virgin Territory 65

Peninsula 74

Grapevine 89

Five Minutes to Midnight 98

Return 107

Landlocked Reality 118

Transition 122

Unpacking What Cannot Be Saved 129

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