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By Gretel Ehrlich

A strong chronicle of a wounded woman’s exploration of nature and self.

Winner of the Whiting award.

After nature author Gretel Ehrlich used to be struck by way of lightning close to her Wyoming ranch and nearly died, she launched into a painstaking and visionary trip again to the land of the dwelling. With assistance from a rare heart specialist and the companionship of her loved puppy Sam, she avidly explores the ordinary and non secular international to make feel of what occurred to her. We stick with as she combs each inch of her new domestic at the California coast, attends a tradition of lightning-strike sufferers, and is going on a seal watch in Alaska. Ehrlich then turns her concentration inward, exploring the tiny yet both attention-grabbing atmosphere of the human center, and culminated in a stunningly appealing description of open-heart surgery.

“A marvelous paintings of art.”—Los Angeles instances e-book Review

“This eclectic chronicle of restoration bargains tours into neurobiology, cardiology, the lore and technological know-how of lightning, and the scientific literature of lightning damage. . . . Evocative writing and plenty of attention-grabbing facts.”—The long island instances booklet evaluate

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He found a scattering of parched little houses, trailers settling into the sand, and shacks with rusty tin roofs. It was called Midland. One of the little houses had a for-rent sign. " The house we rented had been built by a mining company. It was white, with two rooms and a swaybacked roof. There were no trees, and the desert sand ran right up to the back door. At night you could hear coyotes howling. When we first got to Midland, those coyotes kept me awake, and as I lay in bed, I'd hear other sounds—Gila monsters rustling in the underbrush, moths knocking against the screens, and the creosote crackling in the wind.

I thought Grandma Smith was great. But after a few weeks, she and Dad would always get into some nasty hollering match. It might start with Mom mentioning how short we were on cash. Then Grandma would make a snide comment about Dad being shiftless. Dad would say something about selfish old crones with more money than they knew what to do with, and soon enough they'd be face-to-face in what amounted to a full-fledged cussing contest. " Grandma would scream. " Dad would shout back. " Dad had the more inventive vocabulary, but Grandma Smith could outshout him; plus, she had the home-court advantage.

That was why we had to find gold. To get Mom a new wedding ring. That and so we could build the Glass Castle. " Lori asked me. " I said. " "Sure," she said. It was late afternoon, and we were parked outside of a bar in the Nevada desert. It was called the Bar None Bar. I was four and Lori was seven. We were on our way to Las Vegas. Dad had decided it would be easier, as he put it, to accumulate the capital necessary to finance the Prospector if he hit the casinos for a while. We'd been driving for hours when he saw the Bar None Bar, pulled over the Green Caboose—the Blue Goose had died, and we now had another car, a station wagon Dad had named the Green Caboose—and announced that he was going inside for a quick nip.

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