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Taking care : thoughts on storytelling and belief
Kittredge, William.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1999.
Physical Description:
130 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

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PS3561.I87 Z473 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In Taking Care, William Kittredge relates his coming of age on a property his family transformed from a farm dependent on horses to a modern agribusiness. Painfully reflecting on the abandonment of old ways, Kittredge calls for new, radical stories about the West that will foster compassion and caretaking.

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Library Journal Review

Edited by Scott Slovic (director, Ctr. for Environmental Arts and Humanities, Univ. of Nevada, Reno), the "Credo" series presents a writer's opinions, beliefs, and philosophy of writing and includes a biographical profile and complete bibliography of the author's published works. In this latest entry, Kittredge conveys the importance of both his family and the American West in developing his values and convictions, moving from his early days in a one-room schoolhouse building playtime ditches and levee banks with his cousins to teaching at the University of Montana to lecturing at conferences on Western geography. Throughout, he stresses the need for stories to "encourage us to understand that we are part of everything." Stories direct our actions, he argues, serving as a connector to disparate parts of our lives. They are essential for the survival of our society. The bibliography includes short stories, Western novels, and literary essays. Recommended for public and academic libraries, particularly where Western literature is popular.√ĄCynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

William KittredgeScott SlovicScott Slovic
Warner Valley Photo Albump. viii
Taking Care: Thoughts on Storytelling and Beliefp. 3
Child in the Gardenp. 6
Leaving the Ranchp. 13
Learning to Thinkp. 32
Rediscovering Homep. 40
The Politics of Storytellingp. 52
Beliefp. 71
William Kittredge: A Portraitp. 81
Bibliography of William Kittredge's Workp. 101