Rock, Water, Wild : An Alaskan Life

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr

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For Nancy Lord, what began as a yearning for adventure and a childhood fascination with a wild and distant land culminated in a move to Alaska in the early 1970s. Here she discovered the last place in America "big and wild enough to hold the intact landscapes and the dreams that are so absent today from almost everywhere else." InRock, Water, Wild, Lord takes readers along as she journeys among salmon, sea lions, geese, moose, bears, glaciers, and indigenous languages and ultimately into a new understanding, beyond geographic borders, of our intricate and intimate connections to the natural world. Vast and beautiful, and much more than a mere place, Alaska is nonetheless inescapably a land of natural extremes and exquisite subtleties. In Lord's explorations, "the country" of Alaska evokes reflections on the importance of place and space in our lives; arguments over roads carved in the wilderness; musings on the role of location and landscape in the Dena'ina Athabascan language; accounts of sport fishing in the Russian Far East in the first days of perestroika and of climbing in the Arrigetch Peaks of Alaska's Brooks Range; and considerations of the politics of whaling. In the tradition of naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs, Lord proves an excellent guide to the challenges and pleasures of making oneself at home on this Earth.

Author Biography

Nancy Lord is Alaska’s writer laureate and a Pushcart Prize–winning author. Her previous acclaimed books include Fishcamp, Green Alaska, The Man Who Swam with Beavers, and Beluga Days.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
On The Way
Being Peterp. 3
On Rereading Siddharthap. 16
In the Giant's Handp. 29
In The Country
Words Honor Placep. 39
Zen Moosep. 52
Honkp. 56
Quiet Timep. 64
The Hidden Halfp. 68
How to Bear Witnessp. 79
Report from the Rookeriesp. 82
The Farthest Islandp. 94
A Border Runs Throught Itp. 97
The Conservationist as Wood Chopperp. 107
The Experimentp. 118
My Apologiap. 125
In Our Timep. 135
Out and Beyond
Magadan Luckp. 151
The Ringsp. 161
Encounters with the Old Naturalistp. 165
A Bigger Worldp. 179
The Nature of Fakeryp. 183
From an Old World Seap. 196
Hope Is the Thing in Springp. 202
I Met a Man Who Has Seen the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and This Is What He Told Mep. 209
Enoughp. 212
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