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The Resource The oasis this time : living and dying with water in the west, Rebecca Lawton

The oasis this time : living and dying with water in the west, Rebecca Lawton

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The oasis this time : living and dying with water in the west
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The oasis this time
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living and dying with water in the west
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Rebecca Lawton
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eng
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Water, the most critical fluid on the planet, is seen as savior, benefactor, and Holy Grail in these fifteen essays on natural and faux oases. Fluvial geologist and former Colorado River guide Rebecca Lawton follows species both human and wild to their watery roots--in warming deserts, near rising Pacific tides, on endangered, tapped-out rivers, and in growing urban ecosystems./Lawton thoroughly and eloquently explores human attitudes toward water in the West, from Twentynine Palms, California, to Sitka, Alaska. A lifelong immersion in all things water forms Lawton's deep thinking about living with this critical compound and sometimes dying in it, on it, with too much of it, or for lack of it. The Oasis This Time, the inaugural Waterston Desert Writing Prize winner, is a call for us to evolve toward a sustainable and even spiritual connection to water. -- provided by publisher
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Part memoir, part conservation treatise, and part history lesson, this essay collection from a fluvial geologist and former river raft guide is well-intentioned but uneven. Lawton’s focus is on how human lives are urgently shaped by their connection to water, whether it is in pieces on her love for her favorite river, the Stanislaus in California; a past Native American community’s connection to that same river; or the 1970s-era engineers who built the dam that inundated it and erased those connections. While this central theme is resonant, the essays themselves often feel forced, as when Lawton, discussing her time working in a national park, melodramatically describes how a lone kayaker answered “a siren call to the oasis in deliberate defiance of the rules” detailing when and where kayaking is permitted. She makes a valuable point here and elsewhere—that parks post rules for a reason, typically to protect the environment. But that point is undermined by overheated prose, as when, while describing the exhilaration of Grand Canyon river rafting trips, Lawton writes, “the unbinding of souls came from an authentic immersion into a mile-deep place.” She has a gift for expressing the rationale behind conservation policies clearly and simply, but the book’s passages of memoir and commentary don’t measure up to these lucid explanations. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/28/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 4, p)
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10772027
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Lawton, Rebecca
Dewey number
333.9116
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no index present
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TD223.6
LC item number
.L39 2019
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non fiction
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  • Water conservation
  • Climatic changes
  • Rivers
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living and dying with water in the west
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The oasis this time : living and dying with water in the west, Rebecca Lawton
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Contents
The Sentinels -- Send in the clowns -- Seventeen palms -- A lot to learn -- Inappropriation -- May all beings be stoked -- The lone kayaker -- First responders -- Where the birds are -- Why we call it mourning -- Widowmakers -- Three days to be here -- Everybody was so nice -- Fountains of fountains -- The oasis this time
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on1030906645
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21 cm
Edition
First Torrey House Press edition.
Extent
201 pages
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9781937226930
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2018956435
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1030906645
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The oasis this time : living and dying with water in the west, Rebecca Lawton
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The Sentinels -- Send in the clowns -- Seventeen palms -- A lot to learn -- Inappropriation -- May all beings be stoked -- The lone kayaker -- First responders -- Where the birds are -- Why we call it mourning -- Widowmakers -- Three days to be here -- Everybody was so nice -- Fountains of fountains -- The oasis this time
Control code
on1030906645
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Torrey House Press edition.
Extent
201 pages
Isbn
9781937226930
Lccn
2018956435
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1030906645

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