Kendra’s family raised their children to thrive in this harsh landscape, forever at the mercy of wildfires, blizzards, and gale-force winds. Most of all, the Atleework children were raised o ...more
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our hand through California’s history. Challenging us to take responsibility for our place in time, while opening the curtain into her own life. The author brings up the questions of home - can our home ever really be our own? And at the same time ho ...more
This memoir is a unique combination of family story and environmental history. What originally drew me to the book was the promise of beautifully descriptive a ...more
A memoir that is powerful in describing the rough landscape. The drought, heat, wild fires, etc... can’t imagine living in that kind of extreme environment.
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Atleework grew up there and her book is a vivid description of her family’s experiences living in such a beautiful and harsh place. She has a real affinity for the area’s geography and history. This one is an instant classic.
Comparisons to Annie Dillard and Gret ...more
Many themes of place, ownership, resources, family, and home.
Less dysfunction than Educated, less peril than Crawdads.
Atleework works in CA history along her route.
Well-researched, authentic, beautifully composed, and--particularly notable for a young person's memoir--refreshingly readable and relatable. ...more
She was raised in survive and thrive in the harsh landscape of Eastern Sierra Nevada. She experienced things like drought, wildfire and crazy winds.
When she was 16 years old, her mother passed away and the family fell apart. Kendra then decides to breakaway to LA then to Minneapolis, two landscapes very different than what she grew up with.
She eventuality feels the need to ret ...more
Miracle Country is an atmospheric, and layered memoir that blends wistful nature writing with Kendra Atleework’s experience growing up, losing her mother, leaving, and eventually returning to the landscape that just wouldn’t let her go.
Atleework grew up in Owens Valley, a dry and arid area that is east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Owens River runs through the valley and provides water to communities that would otherwise have d ...more
Once Paiute harvested fields of wild rye and love grass, before ranchers arrived to summer their stock. The cattle devoured the crops and the First People starved. Bill Mulholland stole lake water to grow Los Angeles. Drought depletes the wells while the streams are diverted to LA.
A woman from t ...more
This book uses a non-linear storytelling style that was a little hard for me to get into at first. Rather than progressing directly from past to present, the author dances back and forth, sprinkling in memories of her life and family with stories about California's not-so-golden history. I learned quite a bit about native displacement, the "water wars" and a horrifying concept known as "the greatest good for the greatest number" that can be used to justi ...more
Miracle Country is a memoir about growing up in the California desert, and about what home means in the context of family and a harsh landscape.
Having lived in the Southwest for a lot of my life, I already have an affinity for the desert. While I connect with the beauty and the rawness of such places, I feel that the particular area Atleework grew up in has a different context because of its proximity to Los Angeles and that history of water conflict. She delves deeply into the ...more
Raised to thrive in the severe climate of Eastern Sierra Nevada Atleework knows the realities of drought, wildfires, and crazy winds. When she was 16 her mother died and the family fell apart. We then see Kendra break away to L.A and then Minneapolis, where the landscapes were opposite to where she grew up. Eventually she feels t ...more
I rarely read non-fiction and while it took me a while to adjust to this one, it is undeniable that this book is a masterpiece. The way Kendra Atleework weaves her story back and forth, only few writers know how to pull that off seemlessly and perfectly.
I was also pleasantly surprised to learn from the book that the name Atleewor ...more
I was drawn to this by the land, which is a full-on presence in this memoir. I have had the good fortune to visit this area of Southern California several times and am fascinated by its beauty, complex history and ecology, harshness, mix of residents.
There's much more to appreciate here. Atleework is young, not always a plus for a writer of memoir, but a careful observer and a revealing teller of tales. Wonderful book. ...more
It is clear that Atleework loves the wild land where she ...more
Miracle Country is not only a Memoir of a Family, but also a Memoir of a geographic place, its nature, natural history and inherent disasters. In fact, the author has packed it so full, I was overwhelmed in the beginning. Just as I was in the throes of sadness as this very tight-knit family is learning the dire prognosis of their Mother’s medical condition, the author abruptly shifts to stories of California history and I had to turn back a couple of p ...more
This book is billed as a memoir, and it is; it recounts her childhood in a small town in the Eastern Sierras; her family's dynamics, especially those involving her mother, who passed away from an autoimmune disease when Kendra was 16; the drive to escape the Eastern Sierras that led her to LA and Minnesota; and her eventual return. But it also interweaves Kendra's memories with ...more