Yellowstone Autumn: A Season of Discovery in a Wondrous Land


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$34.95  $32.15
University of Nebraska Press
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6.5 X 8.74 X 0.74 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

W. D. Wetherell's sixteen books include A Century of November, Chekhov's Sister, North of Now, and The Man Who Loved Levittown. His work has won three O. Henry Awards, the National Magazine Award, the Drue Heinz Literature Award, and grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.


"[Wetherell] offers a refreshingly original set of observations on all manner of things, particularly the advance of years, which men are supposed to endure stoically and with mouths clamped shut. . . . Wetherell, pondering the history and meaning of wild Yellowstone, concludes that fishing is what matters in life, and ties on a 'big Wooly Bugger and [plays] the chuck-and-duck game instead.' A pleasure for men entering autumn, and for anyone who knows how to flick a line."--Kirkus-- "Kirkus" (1/15/2009 12:00:00 AM)
Literary stylists will appreciate Wetherell's techniques for expressing youth's passing, while readers acquainted with his essay's backdrop should savor his descriptive passages of Yellowstone's autumnal flora and fauna. A fine companion for the fireside, perhaps at the Old Faithful Inn itself.--Gilbert Taylor, Booklist--Gilbert Taylor "Booklist" (3/1/2009 12:00:00 AM)
This is Yellowstone as a coming-of-age story. . . . Wetherell goes deep into life and although his own, it is one that translates exceedingly well to others.--Montana Quarterly--Gilbert Taylor "Montana Quarterly" (3/1/2009 12:00:00 AM)
An engaging blend of history lesson, fly-fishing essay and philosophical treatise, Yellowstone Autumn describes a veteran writer's three weeks of solitude in Yellowstone National Park. . . . In the tradition of Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey, Wetherell contemplates his relationship to the land, people and wildlife, including old bison bulls, his wife, thermal pools and his own body.--Cherie Newman, High Country News--Cherie Newman "High Country News" (4/13/2009 12:00:00 AM)
[W. D. Wetherell] deftly and gently combines the history of Yellowstone with his own history of marriage, aging fatherhood, award-winning writing and his relationship with his father and ends up providing the reader with an appreciation for both the beauty and solitude of Yellowstone but also the rewards of a life well lived, warts and all.--Mike Nobles, Oklahoma Observer --Mike Nobles "Oklahoma Observer" (8/10/2009 12:00:00 AM)
Wetherell's soul-stirring prose is not simply a journey of self discovery--it's a tribute to the American experience, and the landscape that makes it possible.--National Parks--Mike Nobles "National Parks" (8/10/2009 12:00:00 AM)