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The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West

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Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Torrey House Press
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Cameron Scott
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lawton's voice is a soft exploration of the harsh realities, attachments, and breaks of the desert. Science minded, but also with observations of the gut, there is a young soul in this collection who has fallen in love with the desert and in growing older must process the desert and its contradictions more deeply.

A must read if you love the desert, water in the desert, and ruminations there-of. Favorite essays in this collection included A Lot to Learn, Inappropriation, and Three Days to Be
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Ginny Short
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I like Lawton's Reading Water: Lessons from the River. This one promised more than it gave.

“Once upon a time,” Lawton offers in the opening sentence of Everybody Was So Nice, “I wanted to write a book about water.” And then another, and then another… The Oasis This Time is Ms. Lawton’s fifth book about water, a subject that she obviously thinks long and deeply about. From her first book Reading Water Lawton has shown us her obsession with water.

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Rebecca Lawton, a former Grand Canyon whitewater guide, is the author of several books about rivers and the boating life. She won the Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers and the Waterston Desert Writers Prize, was a San Francisco Chronicle best-selling author for Reading Water: Lessons from the River, and was a 2014-2015 Fulbright scholar in arts and humanities (University of Alberta). Her ...more