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The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich
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Aug 06, 2009

really liked it

A series of interlocking personal essays on living and ranching in Wyoming. The book has the twin virtues of brevity (it's only 131 pages long) and clarity, and lives as a testament to that still vital Thoreauvian counter-current which runs through American life. Ehrlich has subsequently written other books, including one about being struck by lightning, all of which are exceedingly fine, but none of which consistently show the spark of natural genius that this one does throughout.

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