Adios amigos : tales of sustenance and purification in the American West

by Stegner, Page.

Format: Print Book 2008
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F595.3.S735 2008
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  F595.3.S735 2008
Page Stegner's extensive writings on American history have made him a popular and critical favorite. Adios Amigos maintains his high standard. These essays expertly interweave natural history, conservation polemic, ecology, and wilderness adventures on a number of the West's major whitewater rivers. Stegner moves effortlessly from his own experiences on the Colorado, Yampa, Green, San Juan, Dolores, and Missouri rivers to first explorations by historical figures like Lewis and Clark and John Wesley Powell to modern controversies that threaten the continued existence of these special places. From its opening essay, a hilarious, albeit hazardous, journey down the Owyhee River in southeastern Oregon, to its final impeachment of Lake Powell, Stegner's articles are rich in vivid detail, laced with sardonic humor, and always grounded in a passion for the West -- both its heady past and the promise of its future.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Adios Amigos is what Stegner calls a boil of particularly vicious rapids in Oregon's Owyhee River, and he is so obstreperously funny in the book-opening tale of a nearly catastrophic passage during a rare flood, the reader instantly decides to follow this curmudgeonly river rat anywhere. And Stegner does not disappoint. Each blistering chronicle of a cathartically death-defying river journey in a heartbreakingly beautiful or bruised place including a run on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and a foul-minded report on the sorry state of Lake Powell is an occasion for brusque history lessons, self-deprecating hilarity, and flinty ruminations on our abuse of western lands. Stegner curses the invasive tamarisks, rolls his eyes at finicky environmental-studies students, gnashes his teeth over the damage done by off-road vehicles, and suggests that now is the time to end unregulated recreation in vulnerable desert canyons. Sharing with gruff grace memories of his father, Wallace Stegner, who had a hand in preserving the West's most spectacular areas, this rapids rider dispenses tonic straight talk and irreverent humor from the eco-front.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Stegner, Page -- Travel -- West (U.S.) -- Anecdotes.
Wild and scenic rivers -- West (U.S.) -- Anecdotes.
Wilderness areas -- West (U.S.) -- Anecdotes.
Rafting (Sports) -- West (U.S.) -- Anecdotes.
Ecology -- West (U.S.) -- Anecdotes.
Natural history -- West (U.S.) -- Anecdotes.
West (U.S.) -- Description and travel -- Anecdotes.
West (U.S.) -- Environmental conditions -- Anecdotes.
West (U.S.) -- History -- Anecdotes.
Publisher Berkeley, CA :Counterpoint :2008
Distributed by Publishers Group West,
Language English
Description xiv, 206 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781593761691 (hardcover)
1593761694 (hardcover)
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