Accidental Gravity
248 pages, 6 x 9
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Release Date:15 May 2017
ISBN:9780870718878
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Accidental Gravity

Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory

Oregon State University Press

Accidental Gravity moves from upstate New York to the contemporary western U.S. and into Canada, from urban and suburban places to wild lands. The essays are informative, but the focus is personal. Quetchenbach writes about urban and suburban places as well as wild lands. In the first section of the book, he focuses on suburban neighborhoods, “the places where tensions between human and animal nature, and between differing concepts of the natural world, come to the fore.” In the second section, he juxtaposes these humanized places with Yellowstone National Park, in the context of climate change and other contemporary pressures. This is nature writing at its finest.

RELATED TOPICS: Literary Nonfiction, Literature
Bernard Quetchenbach is a professor of English at Montana State University Billings. His most recent book is The Hermit’s Place, a poetry collection. He has been published in a variety of books, journals, and anthologies.

Preface: Convergence

I

Peregrines

You Can’t Always Want What You Want

Canadas

Summertime

Ferry Crossing

Black-Throated Blue

Thing in the Woods

II

Travelers

In Wonderland

The Woods are Burning

Red Summer

Invaders

A Good Bear

Confluence

Coda

Billings, Montana

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