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American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean by Michael Engelhard (review)

American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean by Michael Engelhard (review) similar as these books are, together they provide a realistic look at the region’s characteristics, what fi eld sciences involved, and the in- tricate connections among the West, the US government, and the British Empire. McPherson and Neel sum up why the books should interest us: “Th e words of the Hayden ‘boys’ make us witnesses to a remarkable place, astonishing in its complexity and beauty, and to a moment in time when ancient, traditional, and modernizing cultures collided” (xiii). Tom Huber University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Michael Engelhard, American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean. Danvers, MA: Hiraeth P, 2016. 215 pp. Paper, $17.95. A paean to both the American Southwest and the Far North, Amer- ican Wild consists of a series of twenty- fi ve loosely connected es- says describing the author’s outdoor adventures in Arizona, Utah, and Alaska. Engelhard divides the collection into two parts, each addressing one of these regions. Th e essays deal with a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as backpacking, river rafting, mountaineering, bicycling, and berry picking. Th ey also engage more abstract and personal issues, such as industrial development, climate change, Indigenous culture, blind dates, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean by Michael Engelhard (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 52 (3) – Nov 30, 2017

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The Western Literature Association
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1948-7142

Abstract

similar as these books are, together they provide a realistic look at the region’s characteristics, what fi eld sciences involved, and the in- tricate connections among the West, the US government, and the British Empire. McPherson and Neel sum up why the books should interest us: “Th e words of the Hayden ‘boys’ make us witnesses to a remarkable place, astonishing in its complexity and beauty, and to a moment in time when ancient, traditional, and modernizing cultures collided” (xiii). Tom Huber University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Michael Engelhard, American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean. Danvers, MA: Hiraeth P, 2016. 215 pp. Paper, $17.95. A paean to both the American Southwest and the Far North, Amer- ican Wild consists of a series of twenty- fi ve loosely connected es- says describing the author’s outdoor adventures in Arizona, Utah, and Alaska. Engelhard divides the collection into two parts, each addressing one of these regions. Th e essays deal with a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as backpacking, river rafting, mountaineering, bicycling, and berry picking. Th ey also engage more abstract and personal issues, such as industrial development, climate change, Indigenous culture, blind dates, and

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Western American LiteratureThe Western Literature Association

Published: Nov 30, 2017

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