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Winter : notes from Montana
Bass, Rick, 1958-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1991.
Physical Description:
162 pages ; 24 cm
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F735 .B37 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Rick Bass is the author of sixteen acclaimed books of fiction & nonfiction, including "Where the Sea Used to Be" & "The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness".

(Bowker Author Biography) Rick Bass has authored works of fiction & nonfiction, including "Colter", "The Ninemile Wolves", "Oil Notes", & "The Watch". He lives in Yaak, Montana.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Bass, a Texan, and his friend, Elizabeth, from Mississippi, set out to find the ideal place to write and paint, a "place of ultimate wildness." Their dream drives them all the way to the edge of the U.S.: a Montana valley along the Yaak River in the center of two million acres of national forest where a few hardy souls live without electricity, phones, or paved roads. They arrive on the brink of winter as caretakers of a haunted ranch complete with a three-story lodge, greenhouse, barns, and cabins. Bass learns to chop wood, anticipating the hard winter with thrills of fear and pleasure. He watches owls, deer, coyote, the snow, the northern lights, and the huge moon; he has nightmares and moments of boundless joy. This entrancing and candid journal celebrates life in the wild and the magnetism of the written word. Bass, a petroleum geologist and environmentalist, is also author of Oil Notes (1990) and other books about the outdoors. ~--Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bass and his friend Elizabeth Hughes, a painter, spend a winter in a secluded former hunting lodge in northwest Montana's Yaak valley. ``This charming celebration will give readers a fresh perception of winter,'' said PW. Illustrated. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In this journal of a back-country winter, Bass is working in the tradition of Walden. Wishing to confront the essentials of nature and self, he heads for the most remote place he can find--the Yaak valley of Montana, with its 30 inhabitants and lack of electricity. The journal focuses on his adaptation to the harsh climate, stressing his growing knowledge of backwoods skills and lore. Unfortunately, Bass rarely goes beyond recording daily tasks and encounters. He conveys little insight into the spiritual changes he is undergoing and has surprisingly little to say about the relation of man and nature. His writing has been compared to that of Annie Dillard and Peter Matthiessen, but these flat, sketchy accounts belie such comparisons. In the end, ``notes'' is an all-too-appropriate subtitle for this disappointing volume, which often seems like the skeleton of a more substantial work.--Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.