PVNWG members are reading Amy Minato's work Siesta Lane for November 2012, to be discussed at our meeting on December 2. Several of our upcoming books document a highly personal Thoreauvian experience. Here is info from the inside cover:
Part of me knows that it would be easy to go back to my busy familiar life where I am marginally successful and known to others, if not to myself. But not to myself.
Amy Minato decided to abandon a life of consumption for one year.
She moved from the busy streets of Chicago to a quieter, slower, simpler, and more natural existence in the pristine countryside of Oregon. The community she discovered, called Siesta Lane, became her very own Walden Pond.
Amy's experience there--in a group of like-minded men and women, all living in tiny cottages without electricity or running water--changed her forever. Like her reader, she challenged herself to see the bigger picture through a smaller lens.
Amy Klauke Minato is a poet, writer, and teacher. She holds advanced degrees in creative writing and environmental studies from the University of Oregon.
Bernd Heinrich: A wonderful story of resilience and courage. It touches the soul.
Publishers Weekly: Minato's lyrical prose tosses off beguiling evocations of the landscape and flora around her...
Robert Michael Pyle: A treat...we could all learn something we need to know: live simpler, live better.
Diana Abu-Jaber: Siesta lane is a beguiling story of self-discovery filled with the enchantments of the land and the body.
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January: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez February: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez March: The Trees in My Forest by Bernd Heinrich April: Tinkering with Eden by Kim Todd (Recipient of Pen/Jerard Award) May/June: Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear July/August/September: My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir October: All Things Reconsidered by Roger Tory Peterson November: Sierra Lane by Amy Minato December/January: Outermost House by Henry Beston
February 2011 Alice Outwater: Water, A Natural History /March 2011 John McPhee: Encounters with the Archdruid /April 2011 John Himmelman: Discovering Moths /May 2011 Bernd Heinrich: Summer World /SUMMER READ (June through September Hiatus) Scott Weidensaul: Mountains of the Heart /October 2011 Jane Goodall: Reason for Hope /November 2011 Barbara Hurd: Entering the Stone /December 2011 Barry Lopez: Arctic Dreams
The Potomac Valley Nature Writers' Group (PVNWG) formed in early 2009 to promote the art and appreciation of nature writing. This genre of literature explores and celebrates the natural world and our relationship within it. PVNWG welcomes both readers and writers to participate.