Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness (Paperback)

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RECOMMENDED BY JENNIFER

This is the first book I have read by Amy Irvine, but now I’m a member of her fan club. I devoured Desert Cabal in just one sitting. Amy Irvine’s writing is so fluid and absorbing that I found myself turning pages quickly, so packed with description that I had to read some sentences more slowly in order to fully absorb them. Her honesty kept me engaged, and her wilderness experiences as a woman, with family, boyfriends, husbands, and finally by herself, may remind you of your own. She puts out there as an uncomfortable truth: the disconnect between activists and their lifestyle choices (including Abbey’s) at the same time that she acknowledges the complexity and paradox of humans and their needs. Her voice is the first of all those in environmental writings that I have identified with in a movement that is dominated by white men and men’s writing. Her lack of reverence for Edward Abbey, in the land of people who revere him as one of the Gods of the environmental movement, I found refreshing. Thanks to Amy Irvine for the courage to write this at the 50th anniversary of Abbey’s Desert Solitaire as a critical, vital new generation of writing in the west.

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A grief-stricken, heart-hopeful, soul song to the American Desert.
--PAM HOUSTON, author of Deep Creek

As Ed Abbey's Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness turns fifty, its iconic author, who has inspired generations of rebel-rousing advocacy on behalf of the American West, is due for a tribute as well as a talking to. In Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness, Amy Irvine admires the man who influenced her life and work while challenging all that is dated--offensive, even--between the covers of Abbey's environmental classic. Irvine names and questions the lone male narrative--white and privileged as it is--that still has its boots planted firmly at the center of today's wilderness movement, even as she celebrates the lens through which Abbey taught so many to love the wild remains of the nation. From Abbey's quiet notion of solitude to Irvine's roaring cabal, the desert just got hotter, and its defenders more nuanced and numerous.

AMY IRVINE is a sixth-generation Utahn and longtime public lands activist. Her work has been published in Orion, Pacific Standard, High Desert Journal, Climbing, Triquarterly, and other publications. Her memoir, Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land, received the Orion Book Award, the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, and Colorado Book Award. Her essay Spectral Light," which appeared in Orion and The Best American Science and Nature Writing, was a finalist for the Pen Award in Journalism, and her recent essay, "Conflagrations: Motherhood, Madness and a Planet on Fire" appeared among the 2017 Best American Essays' list of Notables. Irvine teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA Program of Southern New Hampshire University--in the White Mountains of New England. She lives and writes off the grid in southwest Colorado, just spitting distance from her Utah homeland.

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AMY IRVINE is a sixth-generation Utahn and longtime public lands activist. Her work has been published in Orion, Pacific Standard, High Desert Journal, Climbing, Triquarterly, and other publications. Her memoir, Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land, received the Orion Book Award, the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, and Colorado Book Award. Her essay Spectral Light," which appeared in Orion and The Best American Science and Nature Writing, was a finalist for the Pen Award in Journalism, and her recent essay, "Conflagrations: Motherhood, Madness and a Planet on Fire" appeared among the 2017 Best American Essays' list of Notables. Irvine teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA Program of Southern New Hampshire University--in the White Mountains of New England. She lives and writes off the grid in southwest Colorado, just spitting distance from her Utah homeland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781937226978
ISBN-10: 1937226972
Publisher: Torrey House Press
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Pages: 98
Language: English