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Winter by Rick Bass
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Jul 09, 12

bookshelves: favorites, memoirs, natural, nonfiction, montana
Recommended to Matt by: Joey Beatty
Recommended for: fans of journalistic nature-writing with wit
Read from January 31 to February 19, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I really loved this, the writings of the young and idealistic Rick Bass. It's inspiring in that it makes me want to love the real winters I get to experience, to find passion in bone-chilling cold, or difficulties like cars that won't start or furnaces that have issues. I love his writing discipline, and the way he buckles down and becomes a "real man," out of true necessity. The fact that he still lives in the Yaak Valley and has made his life there really shows the love he developed for such a remote area.

I read this during winter (albeit a pathetic one, 2012's), and I could truly read it again--during any season--to rekindle the lovely truths that are brought about by snowfall, freezing temperatures, forests, and the places in our nearby world that rely upon these things, these cycles.

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"Anything I'm guilty of is forgiven when the snow falls." (90)

"Learn to love the cold, the winter. If you love the country, the landscape--if you *really* love the country--then you may find yourself able to love it in winter most of all." (131)
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