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Once again, the author uses his strong observations of nature to reflect on the links human beings have to the land. In traveling through the American Southwest and Alaska, Lopez finds new, once hidden, meanings in natural phenomenon—flocks of geese and Arctic fox tracks—and remnants of lost human cultures. The land and humans, he concludes, share a strong spiritual bond that echoes and impacts the universe's great rhyme of life.

Elegantly told against a haunting and beautiful melodic backdrop, Crossing Open Ground propels us into a new posture—indeed a whole new relationship—with the world around us.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jake | 2/6/2011

    " Soul-candy. Particularly, the essay "A Presentation of Whales." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Arne | 1/30/2010

    " A Presentation of Whales resonates with the same haunting, abject quality as Orwell's To Kill an Elephant (think that's the name). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eric | 11/23/2009

    " Just what I need right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 1/29/2009

    " Lopez is a fine writer with an astute eye and ear for the world around us-- and how we often both relate and fail to see it. "Landscape and Narrative," an often anthologized essay, stands out as a particularly insightful look into the story of landscape. "

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About the Author
Author Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez is the author of several works of nonfiction including Artic Dreams (winner of the National Book Award) and Crossing Open Ground, many works of fiction including Light Action in the Caribbean and Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel. His work appears regularly in Harper’s, the Paris Review, the Georgia Review, and elsewhere. His numerous honors also include Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, a Governor’s Award, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Oregon with his wife.