Deep Creek

Deep Creek

Finding Hope in the High Country

eBook - 2019
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The author draws on her travels and homestead life in the Colorado Rockies in an essay collection on her ties to nature that explores the symbiotic relationship between humans and the earth.
"'How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us,' Pam Houston writes. On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, this beloved writer learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston's sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect. In linked essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston's most profound meditations yet on how 'to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief ... to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.'"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780393285499
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 303 pages) : illustrations.

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Jan 14, 2021

Wonderful, moving memoir about Pam’s abusive father, narcissistic mother, and the Colorado ranch that eventually made her whole. Pam teaches writing workshops in remote wilderness locations and is a dedicated, sensitive environmentalist and lover of the planet. Her description of the 2013 Colorado fires was gripping and all too real, after the 2020 horrific California fires. I think this is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.

Oct 02, 2020

*****Loved it.

AnnabelleLee27 Sep 08, 2019

A touching memoir about deeply connecting with place and self set on a ranch in the high country of Colorado. It reads as a series of essays which while always interesting sometimes feel a bit disjointed. I also found myself wanting to know more about the experiences of the people who she depends upon to run the ranch as she is so often away.

Apr 29, 2019

Breathe the air, take in the view, and peek into the world of author Pam Houston. Her experience opens readers to our own relationships to man, animals, and environment mixed with her personal story of abuse that inspired many of her decisions. Interjected with diary writing any reader will find words or thoughts to cling to.

sotto_sis Mar 06, 2019

I'd been waiting for this since I heard an interview between Houston and Cheryl Strayed a couple of years ago. It was well worth the wait. Pam Houston's voice is a treasure. This book combines personal narrative with meditations on nature and what it means to be home. It was honest, insightful, and beautifully written.


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