Ana Maria Spagna
From her home at the north end of Lake Chelan, written of so wonderfully in one of her earlier books, Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness, comes Ana Maria Spagna, with a delightful book of essays on both home and away, Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going (University of Washington Press).
"I have never wielded a chainsaw, brined an elk steak, chased a wildfire or even spent a night in a tent, but I loved and devoured every sentence of Ana Maria Spagna's Uplake. Each part of the book, with scene work and wise observations, showcases what only the very best personal essays can achieve: they present a vivid life experienced far from that of the average reader in a manner that pulls the two people on either side of the page closer together, nearer to a shared understanding of what it means both to exist and to consider the wide world when doing so." —Elena Passarello.
"These vivid essays are powerfully rooted in the physical landscape and the body's capacities and limitations. Nature and narrator perform a graceful dance of advance-and-retreat, a pas de deux filled with tenderness, wisdom and rueful insight." —Phillip Lopate.