All the Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswomen's Notebook


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Trinity University Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Gretchen Legler is the author of On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station Antarctica and All The Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswoman's Notebook, which received two Pushcart Prizes. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Maine at Farmington and recently received a master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Farmington.


"What this volume evokes is beyond sympathy; the reader aches for Legler's pain." - Kirkus Reviews

"These moving essays so seamlessly connect her inner and outer selves that Legler (a creative writing teacher whose work has been anthologized elsewhere) even manages to combine such seemingly at-odds subjects as her love of and respect for animals and her love of hunting, her affection for her ex-husband and her strong sexual attraction to women, without ever sounding hypocritical or confused." - Publishers Weekly

"In these compelling, engrossing essays we are in the hands of a writer with an acute eye and a steady pulse, one of the most forthright literary talents in nature writing." - Patricia Hampl, author of Virgin Time

"Part nature guide, part family history and part feminist tract. Gretchen Legler captures the reader's imagination with the same skill and precision with which she catches spring walleyes on the Rainey River." - The New York Times

"Deep woods. A candlit tent. A woman writes 'noting out of the ordinary' in a notebook, recording her footsteps on varied paths, lessons about 'finding who you are. Who you are. Who you are.' When a drop of sweat smears the ink, she dries it with her shirttail; head erect, she stares at darkness outside and swallos fear. 'You can't ignore anything or someone will die, ' she writes, rubs her stiffened fingers, listening to the river's flow, to the waterfall of shadows in her brain. Day by day, she records how other lives pass into ours, 'this passing of other blood and muscle, into our own tongues and hearts.' In Gretchen Legler's notebooks I read truths I recognize and celebrate; so will other readers." - Linda Hasselstrom, author of Land Circle: Collected from the Land

"Legler, a lifelong hunter and angler, explores in a roughly chronological series of essays her relationships with hunting, fishing, killing, nature, her family, her husband, other hunters, and her women friends and lovers...Legler has a spare yet vivid style, heavy on sensuous descriptions of sights, sounds, and smells." - Library Journal

"Full of lovely moments..." - ISLE Journal