This 1998 collection brings together essays from the breadth of this marvelous writer's life, from travels to Hokkaido, aboard jet freighters, in the Galapagos and Antarctica, to his most personal attempts to see himself and the wonders and lessons of nature truly. Among the loveliest of the latter is an essay about regularly walking the river -- that's IN the river -- near his home in western Oregon, and another about the life and lessons written on his hands. In the introduction, he says, "If I were asked what I want to accomplish as a writer, I would say it's to contribute to a literature of hope." Indeed he does that, with precise and gorgeous prose.
This report prepared by David Loftus