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    DescriptionThe acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of an extraordinary man. With the publication of his best-selling "Of Wolves and Men, " and with the astonishing originality of "Arctic Dreams, " Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer whose every book is an event, for both critics and his devoted readership. Now, in "About This Life, " he takes us on a literal and figurative journey across the terrain of autobiography, assembling essays of great wisdom and insight. Here is far-flung travel (the beauty of remote Hokkaido Island, the over-explored Galapagos, enigmatic Bonaire); a naturalist's contention (Why does our society inevitably strip political power from people with intimate knowledge of the land small-scale farmers, Native Americans, Eskimos, cowboys?); and pure adventure (a dizzying series of around-the-world journeys with air freight everything from penguins to pianos). And here, too, are seven exquisite memory pieces hauntingly lyrical yet unsentimental recollections that represent Lopez's most personal work to date, and which will be read as classics of the personal essay for years to come. In writing about nature and people from around the world, by exploring the questions of our age, and, above all, by sharing a new openness about himself, Barry Lopez gives us a book that is at once vastly erudite yet intimate: a magically written and provocative work by a major American writer at the top of his form.


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    Title
    About This Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barry Lopez
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679754473
    ISBN 10: 0679754474
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.1
    BIC subject category V2: DNF, WN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    B&T General Subject: 560
    B&T Approval Code: A19242020
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24280
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    DC22: 813/.54
    BISAC V2.8: NAT037000, NAT024000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    B&T Approval Code: A60320000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS3562.O67 Z464 1999
    Thema V1.0: WN, DNL
    Edition statement
    Vintage Books.
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    01 March 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Barry Lopez is the author of six works of nonfiction and eight works of fiction. His writing appears regularly in "Harper's," "The Paris Review, DoubleTake, "and" The Georgia Review." He is the recipient of a National Book Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other honors. He lives in western Oregon.
    Review quote
    "The narrative sings with conviction .... I enjoyed this rich book hugely." - The New York Times Book Review "Lopez crosses disciplines the way he conquers continents." - The Wall Street Journal "Contemplative and poetic, sometimes even mystical.-- Lopez feels a deep spiritual connection to the natural world." - San Francisco Chronicle
    Flap copy
    The acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of an extraordinary man. With the publication of his best-selling "Of Wolves and Men, and with the astonishing originality of "Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer whose every book is an event, for both critics and his devoted readership. Now, in "About This Life, he takes us on a literal and figurative journey across the terrain of autobiography, assembling essays of great wisdom and insight. Here is far-flung travel (the beauty of remote Hokkaido Island, the over-explored Galapagos, enigmatic Bonaire); a naturalist's contention (Why does our society inevitably strip political power from people with intimate knowledge of the land small-scale farmers, Native Americans, Eskimos, cowboys?); and pure adventure (a dizzying series of around-the-world journeys with air freight everything from penguins to pianos). And here, too, are seven exquisite memory pieces hauntingly lyrical yet unsentimental recollections that represent Lopez's most personal work to date, and which will be read as classics of the personal essay for years to come. In writing about nature and people from around the world, by exploring the questions of our age, and, above all, by sharing a new openness about himself, Barry Lopez gives us a book that is at once vastly erudite yet intimate: a magically written and provocative work by a major American writer at the top of his form.