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Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces (Penguin, 1986).
In 1976, after a personal tragedy, Ehrlich moved from the East Coast to a small ranch in Wyoming, where she found herself again. Ehrlich writes about Wyoming’s landscape and weather, about her neighbors and her new work as a ranch hand. A powerful, spare book which finds nourishment in desolation. For a long while, this was one of my favorite books.

Here is a short bio of Ehrlich, an excerpt in the Norton Book of Nature Writing, edited by Robert Finch, and another excerpt in The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by Twenty Contemporary Writers, edited by Jodi Daynard. Here are reviews by Judith Moore (The New York Times) and Paul Krza (National Review) and posts by Moe and The Blogging Forester. And you can listen to a recent piece on NPR by Ehrlich about training a colt.

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