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    Description'I've watched deer and elk frolic in the meadow below me, and pine trees explode in a blue ball of smoke. If there's a better job anywhere on the planet, I'd like to know what it is.' For nearly a decade, Philip Connors has spent half of each year in a small room at the top of a tower, on top of a mountain, alone in millions of acres of remote American wilderness. His job: to look for wildfires. Capturing the wonder and grandeur of this most unusual job and place, Fire Season evokes both the eerie pleasure of solitude and the majesty, might and beauty of untamed fire at its wildest. Connors' time up on the peak is filled with drama -- there are fires large and small; spectacular midnight lightning storms and silent mornings awakening above the clouds; surprise encounters with smokejumpers, black bears, and an abandoned, dying fawn. Filled with Connors' heartfelt reflections on our place in the wild, Fire Season is an instant modern classic: a remarkable memoir that is at once an homage to the beauty of nature, the blessings of solitude, and the freedom of the independent spirit. Advance praise for Fire Season: 'A masterwork of close observation, deep reflection, and hard-won wisdom ...an unforgettable reckoning with the American land' Philip Gourevitch 'His adventures in radical solitude make for profoundly absorbing, restorative reading' Walter Kirn

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    Fire Season
    Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philip Connors
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 300
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 198 mm
    Weight: 212 g
    ISBN 13: 9781447208143
    ISBN 10: 1447208145

    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    BIC subject category V2: RBGL, WND
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBW
    BIC subject category V2: RNR
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    BISAC V2.8: NAT024000
    BISAC V2.8: NAT023000, NAT014000, TEC003040
    DC22: 634.96180978
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBBW
    DC23: 634.96180978
    Edition statement
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    29 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Philip Connors has worked as a bartender, a baker, a house painter, a janitor, and an editor at the Wall Street Journal. His essays have appeared in Harper's, the Paris Review, the Dublin Review and the London Review of Books. He lives in New Mexico with his wife and their dog.
    Review quote
    "Philip Connors's remarkable account of his seasons as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico is enlightening and well-informed. The surprise in the book is the author's willingness--his courage, actually--to examine his own na?vet? about the natural world. His is a most welcome new voice."--Barry Lopez