This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte by Doreen Pfost (review)

This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte by Doreen Pfost (review) The self-deprecating tone, Internet savvy, and twenty-something youthfulness of the author should make this text especially appealing to the millennial generation in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Don Scheese Gustavus Adolphus College Doreen Pfost, This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2016. 180 pp. Paper, $18.95. This River Beneath the Sky reads like an ode to sandhill cranes in the style of Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac. How fitting. Leopold was born in Iowa but produced his seminal work of ecological prose in Wisconsin. Pfost was likewise a transplant on the sandy banks of Nebraska’s Platte River. Pfost moved to south-central Nebraska because of her husband’s career. She admits an initial lack of appreciation for her new home. To escape a depressive funk, she began volunteering at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary between Grand Island and Kearney—a place of crucial importance to sandhill crane conservation and tourism—situated along the Platte River, a “dreary, inconstant river that, as if through lack of initiative, followed the route of the interstate system” (5). Her initial attitude soon changes. Pfost embraces fly-over country and comes to perceive the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte by Doreen Pfost (review)

Western American Literature, Volume 52 (2) – Aug 16, 2017

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The self-deprecating tone, Internet savvy, and twenty-something youthfulness of the author should make this text especially appealing to the millennial generation in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Don Scheese Gustavus Adolphus College Doreen Pfost, This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2016. 180 pp. Paper, $18.95. This River Beneath the Sky reads like an ode to sandhill cranes in the style of Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac. How fitting. Leopold was born in Iowa but produced his seminal work of ecological prose in Wisconsin. Pfost was likewise a transplant on the sandy banks of Nebraska’s Platte River. Pfost moved to south-central Nebraska because of her husband’s career. She admits an initial lack of appreciation for her new home. To escape a depressive funk, she began volunteering at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary between Grand Island and Kearney—a place of crucial importance to sandhill crane conservation and tourism—situated along the Platte River, a “dreary, inconstant river that, as if through lack of initiative, followed the route of the interstate system” (5). Her initial attitude soon changes. Pfost embraces fly-over country and comes to perceive the

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