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Potluck : community on the edge of wilderness /
Ana Maria Spagna.
imprint
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, 2011.
description
176 p.
ISBN
0870715917 (paper), 9780870715914 (paper)
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imprint
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, 2011.
isbn
0870715917 (paper)
9780870715914 (paper)
contents note
Potluck -- Percent Catholic -- La Linea -- Sand-calloused spaces -- The fall line -- This, Jack London reminded me -- What's heaven without a gate? -- Lost and found -- Nature is our cotton ball bunny -- The woman who gardens with bears -- Saw chips in my bra -- Spawning in mud -- Defensible space -- Caucus -- The seam.
catalogue key
7615128
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Washington State Book Award, USA, 2012 : Nominated
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Ana Maria Spagna brings something new and important to the American tradition of writing about life at the edge of wilderness. Her stories are shaped by chainsaws and courage, but also by potlucks, unexpected love, hand-held radio calls, and the crazy sustaining friendships that create a community from everybody who washes up at the place where the river meets the trail. John Muir (alone at the top of a mountain) might be puzzled by her book, but Henry David Thoreau (planting beans by the pond) would love it. It's rueful, funny, suspenseful, insightful, and altogether true." --Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort
"From one of the country's most-remote hamlets comes one of the West's most perceptive and lyrical literary voices. Ana Maria Spagna's powerful prose seamlessly integrates the Big Three of quality writing: education, edification and entertainment. Few place-based writers can pull that off. Ana Maria pulls it off brilliantly. Her work belongs on the same shelf as Mary Sojourner and Ellen Meloy. It's that good."--M. John Fayhee, Editor, the Mountain Gazetteand author of Bottoms Up
"So many writers romanticize rural life, and so few address its true difficulties and rewards. Ana Maria Spagna never flinches: In this wry, wise, and beautifully written collection of essays, she takes a deep, honest look at her life in a small community, and teaches all of us something about ourselves and our neighbors." --Michelle Nijhuis, contributing editor, High Country News
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Summaries
Main Description
In Potluck,Ana Maria Spagna explores the deep connection of people and place. Her affectionate, wry, and wise writings journey from Tijuana to a California beach to Utah's canyon country--and, always, back to the sparsely populated valley in the North Cascades she calls home. Often, Potluckhomes in on the everyday gatherings that, over time, define a community-- a makeshift wedding, an art gallery opening, a farewell potluck, a work party, a campfire, a political caucus, a funeral. Spagna doesn't shy away from what pushes people apart--pettiness, prejudice, and idiosyncrasy--and she marvels at what brings people together, and what holds them there. She asks the universal question, "What connects us?" In Potluck,we discover, again and again, the gift of community--easy and uneasy, deep and enduring and essential.
Main Description
In Potluck,Ana Maria Spagna explores the enduring human connection to place, journeying from Tijuana to a California beach to Utah's canyon country--and, always, back to the sparsely populated valley in the North Cascades she calls home. Potluckhomes in on the everyday gatherings that, over time, define a community: a makeshift wedding, an art gallery opening, a farewell potluck, a work party, a campfire, a political caucus, a funeral. "What connects us?" Spagna asks, and she reveals, again and again, the gift of community--easy and uneasy, deep and enduring and essential.

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