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Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places

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Thirty prominent novelists, journalists, and nature writers celebrate the landscapes that The Nature Conservancy has designated "Last Great Places". As far-ranging in tone and style as the glorious places it extols, Heart of the Land also delivers a heartfelt plea for the preservation of the land and for the hopes, dreams, and wonders it holds.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published March 7th 1995 by Pantheon (first published 1995)
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Nov 04, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
As with any collection of essays or short stories, the appeal of individual stories varies with their authors. However, whether or not you are a fan of any given author, there is no denying the passion each feels for the place he or she highlights.

Each author wrote on one of the Nature Conservancy's "Last Great Places," threatened lands that TNC worked and is working hard to save. The places range from Pacific island atoll to temperate rainforest, from desert mountain plateaus to the varied sea
"From Thomas McGuane braving the heartstopping current of Idaho's Snake River to Louise Erdrich roaming the tallgrass prairies of her native North Dakota; from Barbara Kingsolver watching light pour through the woods of Kentucky to Carl Hiaasen in the imperiled fishing grounds of the Florida Keys -- some of our finest writers celebrate the varied geography that The Nature Conservancy, an internationaly recognized conservation organization, has desinged 'Last Great Places.'

Ranging across Texas hi
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Feb 15, 2008 Ben Siems rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Outdoors enthusiasts, those interested in conservation and the history of environmentalism
I read this book gradually, over the course of a month, which suited me well. As a collection of essays by different authors with radically different styles, it doesn't really lend itself to curling up for hours at a time. You'd have too many opinions and too many voices to digest.

So, The Nature Conservancy. Once hailed as the greatest of all conservation organizations, now the subject of much debate and the unwilling recipient of more than one vociferous discharge of bile from passionate enviro
Jun 03, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
The reader couldn't help but appreciate - Erdrich, Kingsolver, Theroux, Matthiessen -
all the contributors to this nature anthology.
Yet somehow all the essays are flat and one-
dimensional. I was anticipating reading these great prose writers on America's most
impressive places, but the sum total of all the
short pieces was just not like brilliant New Yorker articles at all.
Feb 23, 2016 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: wild, essays, travel
The writing here is worthy of the subject matter. Harder for me, as reader, was coming across a line like this from Peter Matthiessen's "Great River": In the exhilaration of renewal, even the corporations could celebrate, for there are profits to be made in whole new industries of returning the world to harmony and balance. Twenty-plus years later there is little evidence to support the notion that corporations are celebrating the profits to be made from renewal.
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