Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

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Philip Connors was born in Iowa, After working for the Wail Street Journal, he left the paper for a seasonal job spotting wildfires for the US Forest Service. His book about that time, Fire Season, is out now

1. YOUNG MEN AND FIRE by Norman Maclean (UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS, 11 [pounds sterling]) By reconstructing a fatal blowup in Montana, Maclean fashioned the one and only literary masterpiece on the subject of American wildfire

2. BROOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy (PICADOR, 8.99 [pounds sterling]) A fictional tour de force on the bloody collision of cultures along the Mexican-American borderlands

3. DESERT SOLITAIRE by Edward Abbey (OUT OF PRINT) An impassioned, tactile memoir of Abbey's seasons as a park ranger in the rugged Utah wilderness

4. EATING STONE by Ellen Meloy (VINTAGE BOOKS USA, US$15) A slyly humorous, beautifully observed account of Meloy's obsession with a band of elusive desert bighorn sheep expands into a meditation on wildness and human creativity

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