Land of Bear and Eagle: A Home in the Kodiak Wilderness

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Hancock House
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 1.8 pounds

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About the Author
An award-winning novelist and essayist, Tanyo Ravicz was born in Mexico and grew up in California. After attending Harvard University, he settled for many years in Alaska, a place which continues to inspire his work.

"A disenchanted truth seeker in his youth, Tanyo Ravicz with his young family, eschewed lives of quiet desperation by settling a hard heaven of 16 acres accessible only by sea or by air. In language unflinchingly honest, graceful, precise, tender, flashing with humor, and sounding Thoreauvian notes, Land of Bear and Eagle offers a kaleidoscope of seasonal reflections and observations. Treading lightly, fully aware on the land, Ravicz met deer "masters of the quiet" and eagles with "the imperial disdain of centurions." Where lesser writers employ a journal's chronology, he has assembled topical essays in a structure that deepens our understanding of decades of returning to Cottonwood Homestead, sojourns that bestowed on this indweller a profound, long-term perspective. This collection derives its freshness and poignancy from the author's frequent skipping between worlds: an urban, mainland or even Californian one and a wild insular one where the world's largest brown bears outnumber and mingle with people and the nearest phone was a five-mile boat ride away. Ravicz' memories cut to the core of the Alaska experience--not since John Haines has this state's literature seen a homesteading poet like him."

-- Michael engelhard, author of Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon and Where the Rain Children Sleep: A Sacred Geography of the Colorado Plateau