Beloved writer and teacher Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth in essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air.How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us. In her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earthher 120-acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies most of all. Here, elk calves and ...
|Title||:||Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country|
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Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country Reviews
I loved this book. Pam Houston has done most of the things I daydreamed about doing. Some things we have in common at various times of our lives. I met her briefly at a writer's conference in Taos NM years ago. I could see her and perhaps even that of the Irish Wolfhound in profile as they drove away for a day of adventure. ( It could have been just a friend with a bad hair day.) That week, when the conference closed I climbed a trail to Williams Lake. A first for me.
My family sometimes and my f ...more
9,000 feet above sea level is a Place, a ranch, surrounded by mountains on most sides. It has allowed a Jersey Girl nursing a myriad of wounds to heal, grow, and love. This poignant ode to Place, to nature, to natural beauty, and ultimately optimism - is a pushback against cynicism and meanness. It provides the same inevitable hope that comes with the first shoots of grass in the pasture. It champions the idea that there is safety in saving - in reaching out, in trusting to everyday grace.
Sometimes, in order to find yourself, you have to get lost in the wilderness. That is the path that was taken by author Pam Houston (COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS, CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED) when, in 1993, she bought a timeworn homestead high in the Colorado Rockies.
From the outset, the piece of land --- first owned and homesteaded by the Pinckleys, whose graves are located on the property --- represented multiple challenges. The first was the fact that its price exceeded Houston’s budget by a conside ...more
Blown away by this lovely book. It reads like the best, engaging fiction but has the oomph and meaningfulness of memoir. Houston is such a lovely writer. I am surprised and delighted that I am just discovering her now. Of course, this is not a book for everyone. It’s not perfect. Yet, within the first chapter, it burrowed inside my head and inside my heart.
Read it for the section on saying goodbye to her dog (which beautifully takes us by the hand and leads readers into the book’s thread of env ...more
I've been reading Pam Houston's books, articles, basically anything she has written since 1992. Perhaps it is our mutual affinity for wild places, our love of Colorado, that she is close in age to me and so her journeys of self-discovery seem to parallel mine -- whatever the reason, I eagerly await anything she writes.
But this book, Deep Creek, more than all the others, touched me in ways I cannot articulate. It may be this moment in history, or this moment in my own lifetime. Each chapter is i ...more
I wouldn't have thought it possible to get so emotionally invested in a place I've never been to, but if anything happens to this Colorado ranch I would be devastated. I sometimes struggle with memoirs/biography type books as they often get bogged down with too many date/time/place details and this book really stays away from that. It's beautifully written and makes me want to sell my house and all my possessions and move out to the wilderness; or at least spend a lot more time outdoors.
Pam Houston wants to talk about her ranch. She wants to talk about Colorado. Her dogs. Her love of the land and its wild life. This ranch heals her of scars carried over from a childhood filled with violent abuse. If you know ranching, this will be very familiar, and you will love it for its familiarity. If you are like me and know nothing about ranching, it will fascinate you and fill you with respect. You think ranching is sitting around with lovely horses, a few farm animals, dogs, and breath ...more
I love this book with my entire heart. Read this book if:
... you’ve ever fallen in love with a piece of land, especially in the Colorado mountains
... the fate of this planet has ever brought you to tears
... you love animals more than humans (at least sometimes)
... you’ve survived things you should never have had to survive
... you are a brave woman, or not so brave just yet but you want to be
... you loved Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild,” Thoreau’s ”Walden,” Terry Tempest Williams’ “Refuge” or any the o ...more