A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (some age fading to the board extremities), in a Fine dust jacket (light touch of toning the flap edges); Gretel Ehrlich's first book to be published by a major publisher, a collection of writings about the American West and its characteristics used by Ehrlich as metaphor, written by Ehrlich between 1979 and 1984 and published here for the first time. A Fine copy and uncommon in a condition as nice as is this copy. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: "Essayists who write like poets are a rare and treasured breed, and when their writings are recorded on audio cassette tapes, the effect is almost symphonic."--San Francisco Chronicle. 2 cassettes.
Review: "Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are. We are often like rivers: careless and forceful, timid and dangerous, lucid and muddied, eddying, gleaming, still." Whether she's reflecting on nature's teachings, divulging her experiences as a cowpuncher, or painting vivid word portraits of the people she lives and works with, Gretel Ehrlich's observations are lyrical and funny, wise and authentic. After moving from the city to a vast new state, she writes of adjusting to cowboy life, boundless open spaces, and the almost incomprehensible harshness of a Wyoming winter:
"When it's fifty below, the mercury bottoms out and jiggles there as if laughing at those of us still above ground. Once I caught myself on tiptoes, peering down into the thermometer as if there were an extension inside inscribed with higher and higher declarations of physical misery: ninety below to the power of ten and so on."
After experiencing the isolated life of a sheep herder, she writes, "Keenly observed the world is transformed. The landscape is engorged with detail, every movement on it chillingly sharp. The air between people is charged. Days unfold, bathed in their own music. Nights become hallucinatory; dreams, prescient."
Ehrlich's gift is one of subtle precision. She writes beauty into the plainest of thoughts and meaning into the simplest of ideas: "True solace is finding none, which is to say, it is everywhere." --Kathryn True
Title: The Solace of Open Spaces
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition.
Book Description Viking Adult. Book Condition: Acceptable. 0. Ex-Library. 1. Moderate wear. 2. Light interior markings. Bookseller Inventory # BOOK-0050-00561
Book Description Viking USA. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0670806781I3N00
Book Description Viking USA. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0670806781I5N10
Book Description Viking Adult, 1985. Book Condition: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: A stunning collection of personal observations that uses images of the American West to probe larger concerns in lyrical, evocative prose that is a true celebration of the region. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_usedgood_0670806781
Book Description Viking Adult, 1985. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP88492429
Book Description Viking, NY, 1986. Quarter Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 2nd Printing. 131 pp. Tan cloth- and blue paper-covered boards. Binding tight, text clean. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 40669
Book Description Viking Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Bookseller Inventory # 2666225451
Book Description Viking, 1985. Hardcover. Later Printing. Good, a little external soil, a pastedown drawing and decoratively lettered names. Very good internally, solid binding, clean pages. Good dust jacket, mild shelf rubbing. ; 131 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 34968
Book Description Viking Adult, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0670806781
Book Description Viking, New York, 1985. Hard Back. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First American Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003283