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For years, Ana Maria Spagna has stayed put in a small mountain valley. In Uplake she takes road trips, flies to distant cities, and returns home to muse on rootedness, ambition, wonder, and love. Uplake reminds us to love what we have while encouraging us to imagine what we want.
Ana Maria Spagna lives in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades accessible only by foot or boat. She is the author of several books about wilderness, civil rights, and life in a small community including most recently, Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going. Her writing has been recognized by the Society for Environmental Journalists, the Nautilus Book Awards, the River Teeth Nonfiction Prize, as a three-time finalist for the Washington State Book Award.
Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust is the story of a human animal in search of her ecological niche. In these deeply personal and intellectually curious essays, Heather Durham explores wild America weaving the perspectives of trained ecologist, inquisitive philosopher, and restless nomad, probing intricacies of the natural world as profoundly as she does herself.
Heather Durham is a nature essayist with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction and a Master of Science in Environmental Biology. She's held a variety of environmental jobs from state park ranger to restoration ecologist, field biologist to North Cascades Institute naturalist. She currently lives in the foothills of the Cascades where she works behind the scenes at Wilderness Awareness School. Going Feral is her first book. Learn more at: heatherdurhamauthor.com.
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