An unforgettable memoir of solitude, wilderness and wildfires
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.
Former Wall Street Journal copy editor Connors recounts the five months he spends annually as a U.S. Forest Service wilderness lookout. Though far from his usual beat, the author relishes his activities, which range from nocturnal fly-fishing to cleaning animal droppings from his cabin. The tale is exciting enough, and Sean Runnette's narration makes for more enjoyment. (LJ 8/11) (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"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