- Title: In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau
- Author: Paul Lindholdt
- ISBN: 9781587299841
- Page: 112
- Format: Paperback
Published by the esteemed University of Iowa Press, this ecological memoir won the 2012 Washington State Book Award Philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore said, To read In Earshot of Water is to enter the mind of first rate naturalist, a devoted father, and a keen observer of all the confounding ways people find to life in place To read this book is to learn again how to listePublished by the esteemed University of Iowa Press, this ecological memoir won the 2012 Washington State Book Award Philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore said, To read In Earshot of Water is to enter the mind of first rate naturalist, a devoted father, and a keen observer of all the confounding ways people find to life in place To read this book is to learn again how to listen, how to forgive, and ultimately how to love life that is sometimes as cruel as it is beautiful Visual artist Gaylen Hansen wrote, I m grateful to have received this excellent collection of essays and will recommend the book to anyone who has enjoyed such authors as Annie Dillard or Terry Tempest Williams, the intersection of environment and society in the Pacific Northwest A writer in Englewood Review of Books noted, That heart that he inserts so liberally into his writing is one of two reasons that make In Earshot of Water a notable read The other is his prose, clear and approachable His style begins to evoke comparisons to Hemingway and Thoreau, with his love for nature bleeding through each word Lindholdt also has won recognition from the Academy of American Poets and the Society of Professional Journalists Like water itself, In Earshot of Water cascades across boundaries and blends genres, at once learned and literary.
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A fellow riverwalker, Paul is also one of my favorite professors from my time as an undergrad. This is is his first book, and the first creative piece I've read of his, and I can happily say with zero bias that it's a well-written and well-assembled collection. Told from a meandering point of view through myriad shifts of time and physical place, Lindholdt chronicles his past and present relationship with his native outdoor region, his outrage and steady, shallow hope for the reclaiming of a bro [...]
Despite a tendency to slide into tangents and over-reaching conclusions, these reflective essays felt personal, intimate, as if they'd somehow become a piece of my history too, as if his sense of place was also my own. Which, given the time I've spent in many of the same - or at least quite similar - places, makes a certain amount of sense: many of the places he calls home are much like the places I've made mine. By book's end, the collection made me wish I'd had Lindholdt as a prof, which I sus [...]
Paul Lindholdt's book of essays titled In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau is a wonderful selection for anyone who enjoys reading about our connection with the natural world. Focusing on life in the Pacific Northwest, Lindholdt's essays are beautifully written insights into author's life, the fragile ecosystems of the West, and the impact of humans on nature.[return][return]The author weaves everyday activities like carving a pumpkin with this son into stories with larger meanin [...]
English Professor Paul Lindholdt’s book “In Earshot of Water” is, at the outermost level of description, a collection of literary nonfiction essays about the flora, fauna and ecology of the Pacific Northwest, including areas of Seattle, eastern Washington state and northern Idaho. At the innermost level, the book is the story of a man searching to understand his life-long experiences with nature, including some not-so-eco-friendly acts, and the tragic deaths of his father, an avid outdoors [...]
Read it! The poetic prose of this brook, I mean, book flows dendritically, many topics merging and mixing over the course of each essay. You’re sure to be impressed, saddened, goaded, or delighted at each bend.Meandering from the past to present, from the glory of nature to its destruction, Lindholdt skillfully guides readers, pointing out the blackbird here and the suspended metals there. He pauses in slack water to explain indigenous history or tell a personal anecdote. I’m sure I heard hi [...]
A transplant from rainy, western Washington, Lindholdt writes about the “trials and less evident pleasures” of living in the eastern part of the state. In prose as lush as his childhood home (now consumed by urban sprawl), he reveals his connection to this rugged land as he learns about the history, cultures (of both Indian tribes and rodeo cowboys, and even Indian cowboys), and environmental issues facing the “channeled scablands,” mountains, and powerful rivers. Lindholdt calls himself [...]
In Earshot of Water is as intelligent as it is artful. Lindholdt is a keen thinker who writes lyrical prose with a purpose: to explore the complex intersections of personal experience, history, politics, and the environment, especially as they pertain to life in the Northwest. I'm particularly taken with the author's skill at profiling the people who help define the region, from the Superfund site monitor in the Kent Valley to the former rodeo queen (a Colville tribal member) who rides in the Su [...]
It's hard to add much to the glowing statements already offered in other reviews, but I can certainly endorse them, especially those noting the ease with which the author moves among different forms (elegy, polemic, descriptive narration, and more), often within a single essay. And I second other reviewers' pleasure in his language, as well. When he describes sagebrush "shagged with frost" or an aging man's eyes as "hound-sorry," or when he speaks of stories that "marble the land," you want to s [...]
The cover caught my eye. The excellent writing kept me reading. Just a simple, quick read of essays authored by a Eastern Washington Univ professor of English. The diary format is awesome as we gain personal insight into the environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A recollection of his teen years as he worked in a hazardous waste treatment plant and what he was exposed to, a humorous essay on the govt red-tape and errors on the dams/salmon runs issues. Simple observations on the beauty an [...]
The writing in this book is generally quite well crafted. It's easy to find yourself in the places that Lindholdt describes, and I love that in a book (sometimes called querencia or sense of place). Generally I don't mind environmentalism pervading a book, and I support it. But Lindholdt's raw nerve, bleeding angst environmentalism is tough to take. Not that his is ranting and rabid, it's just that he writes it with such pain and angst that those passages just aren't enjoyable to read. Couple th [...]
In this book of essays about the U.S. Northwest, Lindholdt shares his experience growing up in a time of environmental abuse, living with his children in Eastern Washington, loving the waterways that feed his native mountains and scablands, and advocating for the wildlife – especially salmon. His oldest child died in those waterways, a death that haunts Lindholdt and also heightens his description of the draw the water for him. He most appropriately finishes his essays with one about salmon. O [...]
The title of this effort is deceptive. Many places on the Columbia Plateau you cannot hear moving water. The Plateau is that part of Eastern WA which contains the Channeled Scablands, a cold desert that was carved out of the Palouse Country by the massive, repeated floods from Ice Age Lake Missoula. I enjoyed some of his observations on nuthatches and pine trees. Many of his topics gave the reader the chance to feel or smell aspects of the forests that grow at higher elevations on the Columbia P [...]
Lots of poignant essays about the environment of the Pacific Northwest. A lot of them made me sad, but I guess that's just the way the world is.
Loved this book! A must read! Poignant, well written and a reminder to appreciate those around us and the beautiful place in which we live.
You can see my review over at the Englewood Review of Books. Give it a read through, eh?erbngdomnow/featured-in
Really liked his writing style. Really liked the local topics and essays.
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