Like many before her, poet Gretel Ehrlich discovered the therapeutic qualities of the West. In , a time of personal crisis, she moved from the East to a small. Table Of Contents. The Solace Of Open SpacesPreface. The Solace of Open Spaces. Obituary. Other Lives. About Men. From a Sheepherder’s. Like few writers I’ve ever read, Gretel captured something about Wyoming that I’ ve always struggled to put into words. She suggests that the.

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The remembering may be tinged with an edge of melancholy, but that may just be the spice that makes the dish so ultimately palatable. One Family and the Fracturing of America.

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If stream-of-consciousness writing and large words are your thing, this book is a good companion for you. This book falls into a genre of literature of which I am very fond personal observations and understandings of place. The two books were published within a few years of each other House oen Sky in and Solace inand the authors are near the same age.

It’s not that she should not have l This is a decent book of essays about living in Wyoming and working with animals and cowboys. The book was written over a ehrloch of five years, from Mar 14, Davis rated it really liked it Shelves: Written in fits and starts as she puts it, the book started out as a series of journal en I picked up this book on the basis of the title alone. The air between people is charged.

It was written in “fits and starts” as many journal entries are. What an extraordinary woman, on top of being a great writer! Ehrlich left Wyoming to travel but always returned, much to the relief of friends such as John the sheepman, who has been by the author’s side since her arrival in the area. Published December 2nd by Penguin Books first published I can’t decide which aspect annoyed me more the fact that the book was clearly written by a tourist who chose to stay and now believes openn to be an expert, that the book has so little of both the author and the place dpaces it, or the false claims of being grdtel look at the “real” west and then providing only slight additions to the romanticized, Hollywood version of the west.


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Don’t have a Kindle? A Match to the Heart: I’ve not read anything like it. Nov 27, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: To put that number in perspective, oprn true bullies of the sport typically average about penalty minutes in one season alone. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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These essays describe the wonder and the beauty that she discovered during her time there and she ended up purchasing an old, ramshackle ranch, that she fell in love with. The historic and continuing brutality of the ranchers towards anyone fhrlich gets in their way, their lack of respect for public lands, their overgrazing to fit as much cattle as possible I really wanted to like this book.

If you like Wyoming weather and bedraggled characters, read on! Though I definitely won’t argue with the handful of reviews that mentioned this collection of essays is more about cowboys than open spaces, because parts of it definitely felt like that to me, too.

And all this is told by Gretel Ehrlich in gorgeous prose.

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I first read this book at the recommendation of my daughter, it’s one of her most loved books. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. She tries to make her voice the open space, and if by that she ehrlch nothing, then she succeeded. Now I want to tell my friend, no longer alive, “Oh, I get it. It’s disheartening to realize the flip side of rampant farming and ranching in Wyoming is a state so wholly transformed by Big Agriculture that it’s nearly wiped out once prominent herds of buffalo, pronghorn antelope, and various other wild creatures.


Apr 08, Emily Crow rated it liked it Shelves: I picked up The Solace of Open Spaces not because of the state, but because it was listed in a bibliography at the end of a grief memoir. The title alone intrigued me—one who thinks that soul nurturing places, solitude and silence are the final luxuries.

In Wyoming, everyone knows everyone and there is a strict Western code to be followed. It’s a book foremost about place, that it shapes us and makes us who we are, from open spaces, to mountains, to tree roots that rise to the surface in search of water while the earth waits for rain.

And I think that the title is one of the best ever! Every page moved me; every word brought me into the gritty, bitter, romantic landscape of Wyoming, which Thw found was exactly where I wanted to be.

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David lasted throughout the project but died shortly thereafter. Nothing bad to say about it, but there’s a lot of jumping around in the stories that challenged me not pleasantly, sorry to keep track of while reading. Because it is insider her, because she is one with it, her writing illuminates the landscape she loves, the way I imagine it illuminated her in her time of need and ever since.

This book was so incredibly depressing. A beautiful book with a great deal of thought put into words. She lived there for many years, living and working on ranches, and this book is a collection of essays describing her time there and the feeling of living there.

Fans of Terry Tempest Williams will love greel excellent collection. I found the book in a opej book store. This section contains words approx. Return to Book Page. Nights become hallucinatory; dreams, prescient.