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Fall Is For Reading

Jodi Peterson

Sept. 15, 2014

The green of August is turning to gold as I write this, and western Colorado’s aspen trees are already flecked with new colors. There’s a dusting of snow on the highest peaks, and the evenings are too chilly to linger outdoors past sundown. It’s the perfect time to delve into new books, and this year’s harvest is ample, with titles from favorites like Mary Sojourner, Brian Doyle and Rebecca Solnit, and new works from lesser-known authors like Lin Enger, Kim Zupan and Kate Bernheimer. I’m starting my own fall reading with these three: Diary of a Citizen Scientist by Sharman Apt Russell, who writes about field biology with a poet’s heart; Braden Hepner’s Pale Harvest, which Kirkus Reviews describes as “a narrative exploring the existential angst smoldering in the rural West as family farmers who hold stewardship of the land confront social and economic conditions beyond their control,” and Loitering: New and Collected Essays, by Charles D’Ambrosio, whom Oregon author Jay Ponteri calls “one of the best living sentence-writers our language has.” Continue reading

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