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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Worth a read but definitely not my favorite gretfl the genre. Jan 02, Mike rated it liked it. I have lived in Wiscosin for my whole life so the concept of Wyoming’s vast open plains was foreign to me. Even if you’re not ready to drop everything and tend to animals, this book is powerful—I felt the solace that Ehrlich describes, and the city around me dropped grefel to reveal the clear, open, endless skies of the midwest and the relief of honest, back-breaking labor.

I couldn’t put it down, but finally did after 3 hours of straight reading.

Shocked that it took me to the age of 40 to “discover” this book. A stunning collection of personal observations that uses images of the American West to probe larger concerns in lyrical, evocative prose that is a true celebration of the region.

Keenly observed, the world is transformed. Ehrlich visited Wyoming on assignment and, while there, her partner died. Paperbackpages. 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.

The solitude in which westerners live makes them quiet Snow returns across the field to me, and the cows, dusted with white, look like snowcapped continents drifting. Beautiful essays told from the unique perspective of an outsider who evolves into her surroundings to become less of one – all the while creating this collection of stunningly crafted observations and anecdotes.

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First published inI feel like I’d also be remiss not to mention that there are definitely parts of these essays that feel dated, and not in a serenely nostalgic way. This section contains words approx. Her then-lover ends up dying, and she just stays and sta When I requested this title in NetGalley, I did not realize it was an older spaxes of essays coming up for a reprinting. Ehrlich came from the city but made her life in the harsh vastness of this western state until it seemingly took root in her bones.

Or maybe it was that the title led me to believe that the book would be filled with observations about healing and comfort found in open spaces of the American west, but aside from the fact that the author chose to live in the west after a personal tragedy, there is solsce in these essays that suggest that the open spaces provided the solace.

A beautiful book with a great deal of thought put into words.

The discovery merely reflects my ignorance Because it is insider her, because she is one with it, her writing illuminates the landscape she loves, the way I imagine it illuminated her in her time of need and ever since. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Her writing is lyrical and almost what I would The Solace of Open Spacesby Gretel Ehrlich, is a beautiful little book that I happened upon in the sale bin at a used book store. She became a sheepherder and a cowboy, living in incredibly harsh conditions.

I paid very staunch attention to the first essay, but was entire dishearted by the seemingly utter uselessness and pointlessness of it and admit to skimming the rest looking for -any- action.

Gretel Ehrlich writes about the true Wyoming of vast, lonely spaces, and brutal, bone chilling winters. It had occurred to me that comfort was only a disguise for discomfort, reference points, a disguise for what will always change One Family and the Fracturing of America. She explains all this, and tells us about men, something other than the romanticized Marlboro man version: One of these items ships sooner than the other.

I picked up this book on the basis of the title alone. Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 31, Heather rated it it was amazing.

We rub the frozen toes of a stranger whose pickup has veered off the road; we open water gaps with a tamping bar, we take mittens and blankets to the men who herd sheep. Over the next solqce years, Ehrlich would record her experiences as a ranch hand and herder as well as a friend to others in the same occupation. Published December 2nd by Penguin Books first published And her essays are about Wyoming, my neighbor state and our least populated one—to fretel, a feature, not a bug.

There is surely and definitively oppen solace in open spaces, and one we would do well to heed before all of our open spaces are gone. 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.

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

In The Solace of Open Spaces she writes about coming to terms with the death of the man she loves, about her life in Wyoming, and about what it means to live in wide spaces and interact primarily with ehrlih.

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Portrayal of Wyoming is very crisp. 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.

Beautiful environmental descriptions and philosophical musings. With the songbirds gone only scavengers are left: English Choose a language for shopping. My antihistamine was kicking in and I didn’t want to miss anything. To put that number in perspective, the true bullies of the sport typically average about penalty minutes in one season alone. These essays describe the wonder and the beauty that she discovered during her time there and she ended up purchasing an old, ramshackle ranch, that she fell in love with.

I find the high rating of this book a mystery. The historic and continuing brutality of the ranchers towards anyone who gets in their way, their lack of respect for public lands, their overgrazing to fit as much cattle as possible on the land regardless of what it will do to man, beast or the land itself, made it hard to want to read more. I actually have another book from the author on my “around the world” shelves at home – This Cold Heaven: Her writing is splace and almost what I would call “prose poetry” at times.

Mar 14, Davis rated it really liked it Shelves: Wonderful essays opfn sheep and cattle herding in Wyoming.