Like many before her, poet Gretel Ehrlich discovered the therapeutic qualities of the West. In , a time of personal crisis, she moved from the East to a small. Table Of Contents. The Solace Of Open SpacesPreface. The Solace of Open Spaces. Obituary. Other Lives. About Men. From a Sheepherder’s. Like few writers I’ve ever read, Gretel captured something about Wyoming that I’ ve always struggled to put into words. She suggests that the.

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Nights become hallucinatory; dreams, prescient.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. She takes the myth of the cowboy straight on and describes how life on a ranch, mostly alone if not for the animals, molds them. Ehrlich’s love for this unforgiving landscape seeps from the page and while I won’t be moving out West any time soon I finally get the appeal. It seemed to speak volumes about why we need to slow down the pace of our lives and pay attention to what we miss otherwise.

After moving from the city to a vast new state, she writes of eyrlich to cowboy life, boundless open spaces, and the almost incomprehensible harshness of a Wyoming winter: Everything Ehrlich visited Wyoming on assignment and, while there, her partner died. She tries to make her voice the open space, and if by that she means nothing, then she succeeded. One, tough scrappy woman.

The Rediscovery of North America. This section contains words approx. Ehelich live in Wyoming now–leave the fancy words back in Hollywood. I picked up The Solace of Open Spaces not because of the state, but because it was listed in a bibliography at the end of a grief memoir.


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Gretel Ehrlich is the kind of writer who teaches you that prose can be poetry. My antihistamine was kicking in and I didn’t want to miss anything. But I need not pick just one as the reason for my dislike of the book.

It’s a book foremost about place, that it shapes us and makes opdn who we are, from open spaces, to mountains, to tree roots that rise to the surface in search of water while the earth waits for rain.

Apr 08, Emily Crow rated it liked it Shelves: If you read a whole book of essays by a person, I feel like you should know at least a little bit about them. Heck, that bit doesn’t even have to be true, it just has to be felt because that means the book did it’s job. In the late s, Ehrlich traveled to Wyoming on assignment for her work, and stayed because it draw her in in her grief upon losing her loved one to cancer.

When I requested this title in NetGalley, I did not realize it was an older book of essays coming up for a reprinting. We are often like rivers: I especially enjoyed the kpen that dealt wit A series of essays about author Gretel Ehrlich’s life of cowboying and sheepherding in the wide open expanses of northern Wyoming near the Bighorn Mountains. What I had lost at least for a while was my appetite for the life I had left: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run solafe giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


However, this book left me cold. And so I did not. Internalized action is great, but the point must have flown entirely over my head.

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I’ve never been to Wyoming, but feel like I have been now! This is a beautifully crafted collection of essays about Wyoming and the people who live there. To ask oprn readers questions about The Solace of Open Spacesplease sign up. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. When we begin to feel cabin-feverish, the brain pistons thump against solwce and mind irrupts — literally invading itself — unable to get fresh air.

Worth a read but definitely not my favorite in the genre. Oct oen, Betty Morrissey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Set me in front of a western movie full of cowboys and other such stereotypes and I will be bored out of my skull. We are often like rivers: Dec 23, Carie Steele rated it did not like it.

Instead of talking, we seem to share one eye. Mar 29, Dan rated it really liked it.