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Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs Living and Writing in the WestWriters such as John Steinbeck and Norman Maclean this collection is a riveting testament to the power of place At the same time it communicates vividly the sensibility and range of this most gifted of American writers historians and environmentalis. Yes the power of place I've lived in the west all my life but I fell in love with the west when I read this book Stegner is I got nothing Just read this book if you are a westerner or wish to understand one I had all these feelings about the west Utah in particular Stegner helped me articulate themFirst Reading July 2005Second Reading April 2013

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Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs Living and Writing in the West Characters ê 102 ´ Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs gathers together Wallace Stegner’s most important and memorable writings on the AmeriNominated for a National Book Critics Circle award Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs gathers together Wallace Stegner’s most important and memorable writings on the American West its landscapes diverse history and shifting identity;. My father is Australian my mother is from St Louis I grew up in the Philippines I went to a few years of college in Chicago before running out of money and dropping out and I currently live in Atlanta among immigrants and refugees So when I read Wendell Berry's essays on a sense of place his ideals evoked a real hunger in me to feel placed but his example would have been absurd for me to try and followStegner who taught Wendell Berry at Stanford read all of his work seriously and corresponded with the Kentucky farmer seems to share my admiration for Berry and my difficulty with the idea of an inherited place or a fixed piece of land or town that passed from one generation to the next Which is why Stegner's ideas about story and place sat so wonderfully with meHe's a thinker and writer who grew up roaming without the kind of academic or cultural base that would lend itself to his intellectual pursuits But he took his legacy as it was grew into his identity as a thinker and storyteller then met his own history and region with clarity and grace I feel like the tension that Berry introduced has been resolved somewhat in Stegner's work That made this collection of essays compiled late in Stegner's career remarkably satisfying to readOf course outside of my own longing for a sense of place there is much here to admire Stegner's prose is beautiful evenhanded and understated but he manages to slide in these rich resonant ideas as he looks at his life the American West and the literature that has marked the way for him

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Its beauty fragility and power With subjects ranging from the writer’s own “migrant childhood” to the need to protect what remains of the great western wilderness which Stegner dubs “the geography of hope” to poignant profiles of western. I really loved this thoughtful collection of essays on living and writing in the West Written in 1990 I wonder what Stegner would think now about the rate at which we exchange information I particularly loved his essay on Sense of Place “The deep ecologists warn us not to be anthropocentric but I know no way to look at the world settled or wild except through my own human eyes I know that is wasn't created especially for my use and I share the guilt for what members of my species especially the migratory ones have done to it But I am the only instrument that I have access to by which I can enjoy the world and try to understand it So I must believe that at least to human perception a place is not a place until people have been born in it have grown up in it have lived in it known it died in it have both experienced and shaped it as individuals families neighborhoods and communities over than one generation Some are born in their place some find it some realize after long searching that the place they left is the one they have been searching for But whatever their relation to it it is made a place only by slow accrual like a coral reef”