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The Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays

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In four decades of writing for magazines ranging from Texas Monthly to the Atlantic, American History, and Travel Holiday, Stephen Harrigan has established himself as one of America’s most thoughtful writers. In this career-spanning anthology, which gathers together essays from two previous books—A Natural State and Comanche Midnight—as well as previously uncollected work, ...more
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by University of Texas Press (first published April 4th 2013)
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Marie Angell
Oct 09, 2013 Marie Angell rated it it was amazing
Most books of essays have some high spots along with a lot of mehs. Not expecting too much, I picked up Stephen Harrigan's "The Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays" mostly because I (mistakenly) thought it contained science essays.

Wowza. Mr. Harrigan cleverly weaves history, science, geology, geography, memoir and more into this collection with elegant wordsmithing and a clear voice. Perhaps the impact is greater for me because I am so familiar with many of the places he writes about, but his st
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David Ward
Feb 05, 2016 David Ward rated it really liked it
The Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays by Stephen Harrigan (University of Texas Press 2013)(814.54) is a thoughtful and thought provoking series of essays. There are four in particular that captivated me completely. The first is "The Tiger is God," which is the author's rumination upon observing a captive tiger who had killed his keeper; the second wonderful essay is on snapping turtles and is called "Swamp Thing." The third piece which I loved is called "The Man Nobody Knows" which is about Ot ...more
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Jul 23, 2013 Paul Delacruz rated it really liked it
This was a nice book to read where it contained several different types of stories presented in a way you want to keep reading more. Some were historical and some from personal experiences by the author. I am sure when you finished reading this book you will have your own set of favorites where it seems to be designed to attract a broad range of readers.
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My first book by Harrigan and I enjoyed it but wasn't blown over. It is kind of a weird book combining a hodge podge of his writings for magazine articles. There were parts that I really liked and parts that I sped read. I liked his writing enough to put "Gates of the Alamo" on my reading list.
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Stephen Harrigan was born in Oklahoma City in 1948 and has lived in Texas since the age of five, growing up in Abilene and Corpus Christi.
He is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly, and his articles and essays have appeared in a wide range of other publications as well, including The Atlantic, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Audubon, Travel Holiday, Life, American ...more
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